Neighbours of a woman shot dead at her Otaki home say a man was seen running from her house yelling that a person had been shot.
The 23-year-old died of gunshot wounds at Wellington Hospital yesterday morning, after being airlifted there in a critical condition on Sunday evening.
Police were called to the property shortly after 4pm on Sunday, after reports that a person had been shot.
A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said she was among several people who saw a man running down the driveway before authorities arrived.
"He said: 'She's been shot, she's been shot'!" the neighbour said.
"He [was] running up and down the driveway, pretty upset and what have you, screaming and yelling.
"Then I screamed out to my [relative] to get inside. Somebody's out with a gun or a rifle."
The neighbour said at that point, the man spotted a woman walking up the road and ran towards her, telling her to follow him.
"Then he ran down the road ... and he went up to her and said: 'She's been shot, she's been shot', then started running back towards the house.
"He looked back at her and said: 'Hey, she's been shot, she's been shot, come, come, come' and they both went up to the house."
Neighbours phoned police, who arrived shortly afterwards.
Neighbours said the woman and man - who are thought to be a couple - had been living at the property for only a few months.
They kept to themselves and the neighbour said they had at least one child.
"I can see the kids' toys in the bedroom window now. There's definitely a child - maybe two," she said. "It's just freaky. You just don't expect this to happen on your street."
Police yesterday launched a homicide investigation after the woman died in hospital.
A 26-year-old man appeared in the Levin District Court yesterday, charged with murder and the unlawful possession of a firearm.
Both his and the victim's names have been suppressed.
Anyone with information should contact Levin Police on (06) 366 0500 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.By Vaimoana Tapaleao Email Vaimoana