Shot Matamata man serious but stable

Photo / File photo
Photo / File photo

The 20-year-old Matamata man shot overnight on Thursday is in a serious but stable condition.

Emergency services were called to a Mowbray Rd address in Waharoa shortly after 11pm last Thursday, said detective inspector Karl Thornton.

"A woman had rung 111 to report that her 20-year-old boyfriend had been shot by an offender who then fled the property in a utility vehicle," Mr Thornton said.

The man was airlifted to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition.

He is now in a serious but stable condition, Waikato Hospital confirmed today.

The family of the man has thanked emergency services.

"We would like to thank everyone involved in assisting our son at the scene including the Westpac Waikato Air Ambulance, police and St John," they said in a statement released today.

"Our thanks also go to the staff at Waikato Hospital - from the emergency department through to the surgical team, intensive care and high dependency units and now the trauma team who have taken over his care."

The shooting was one of two incidents on Thursday night.

While searching the Matamata and Waharoa areas, police found the body of another man at an address on Tower Road in Matamata.

Police said the death of the 21-year-old man, who had suffered a gunshot wound, was not suspicious.

- nzherald.co.nz

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