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Surgery likely for man shot at Hamilton property

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A man shot at a Hamilton property last night is likely to undergo surgery later today as police try to establish whether there could be a link to a wanted offender's vehicle.

Police were called to a property on Churchill Ave in Maeroa shortly before 8pm after reports a man had been assaulted.

Detective Sergeant Graham Pitkethley of the Waikato CIB said police and ambulance staff found a 34-year-old man had been shot.

The man was taken to Waikato Hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.

"The man was admitted to a ward and is likely to undergo surgery later today," Mr Pitkethley said.

Police were now working to establish what had happened.

The investigation was looking into a vehicle linked to a man who was wanted on arrest warrants for offending in King Country last week.

The vehicle was one of a number at the address, but Mr Pitkethley said it was too soon to suggest the vehicle implicated anyone as the alleged offender.

Officers were also conducting a scene examination, which was likely to take most of today and possibly continue into tomorrow.

- APNZ

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