Three arrested after Christchurch shooting

File photo / NZ Herald
File photo / NZ Herald

Three people have been arrested after a man was shot in the chest in Christchurch early today.

Police said the 22-year-old man was shot on Harper Ave about 3.40am and arrived at Christchurch Hospital's accident and emergency department about 4am.

He had a single gunshot wound to the chest, which was not thought to be life-threatening.

All three were located and arrested late this afternoon, after police and the armed offenders squad searched an address in Spreydon.

A van believed to have been involved in the incident and a Mercedes car believed to have been used to take the injured man to hospital were also seized today.

A 22-year-old man was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm, and discharging a firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

A 23-year-old man was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, and a 22-year old woman was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and being an accessory after the fact.

All three will appear in Christchurch District Court tomorrow.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Hill said police had not recovered a weapon but ammunition was located at the address.

Investigators will further examine the two vehicles tomorrow.

Mr Hill said the incident was not gang-related.

"It appears to be related to a dispute between individuals associated with the two groups of people who were involved in the shooting," he said.


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