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Shooting investigation: Police seek people mover driver

The bread truck that was fired upon.
The bread truck that was fired upon.

Police are seeking the driver of a people mover who could provide vital information about shots that were fired at a bread van on the night a Lower Hutt man died.

Alonsio Iafeta Matalasi, known as Sio, died after gunshots at a block of flats on Jackson St in Petone, last Thursday.

Two men, 43-year-old Shane Harrison and 18-year-old Dillin Pakai have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Police investigating Mr Matalasi's death were piecing together the events before and after the incident, a police spokesman said.

They were appealing for the driver and occupant of a 2000 - 2006 gold or silver people mover style vehicle that was travelling north on the motorway near Horokiwi on Thursday night.

The vehicle, possibly a Toyota Previa, Estima or similar passed a Quality Bakers truck just before the Petone off-ramp about 10.30pm.

The driver and occupant may be able to provide crucial information about shots fired from a red 1994 Nissan Lucino, registration GKU810.

Police had since recovered that vehicle a forensic examination of it was being undertaken by police and ESR scientists, the spokesman said.

Harrison reappeared in Lower Hutt District Court today charged with recklessly discharging a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm and burglary.

He made no plea and was remanded in custody until next month.

The spokesman said Pakai would face a similar charge of recklessly discharging a firearm when he appears in the Wellington District Court later this week.

He was also facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, burglary and dangerous use of a motor vehicle.

The police spokesman said further charges were likely.

The scene examination at the Jackson Street flats had now been completed and police would continue to spend time in Jackson Street area speaking with key witnesses, he said.

Anyone with any information should contact Hutt Valley Police on (04) 560 2600. Anonymous information can be provided by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

- APNZ

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