An armed and dangerous man with links to the Mongrel Mob is being sought after a 14-year-old boy was shot and injured last night in Hamilton.
Waikato Police said they were looking for Teina Williams over the shooting and have warned the public not to approach him.
The 14-year-old boy suffered minor injuries after he was shot at an address in Norrie St.
Police and Armed Offenders Squad were called to the street at 8.30pm after gunshots were fired.
It is the third shooting on the street in 16 months. On Saturday a man was shot in the leg, and in February last year, a 29-year-old man was fatally shot.
Police are investigating possible links between last night's shooting and the one on Saturday.
No Norrie St residents who spoke to the Herald today wanted their names used but they spoke of a once-quiet street that has descended into violence.
One woman said she heard three gunshots last night. "I heard them and then nothing - not even sirens."
The resident said she normally felt safe on the street, but wouldn't go outside at night.
"We don't have any problems with anybody. I just feel there's a few different ones who live here now."
Another resident said last night's shooting it was a drive-by using a shotgun.
He said a car parked on the right side of the road outside the address and fired "two pretty big shots" before two men in the car fled the scene.
"They were booming shots - it was very loud," the witness said. "The car was stationary when the shots were fired. As soon as the second shot was fired it started to move. It was revving pretty high - they were in a hurry."
He said he was not surprised by another shooting after recent street fights.
"We knew it was brewing because of the amount of activity on the street," the man said.
He said he had heard the Taupo chapter of a gang had arrived in Hamilton.
One local said he believed the street had become more dangerous since he moved in four years ago.
"The first two years, everything was fine. It was just the odd little spat, young people arguing. Since then, it went to murders. There's been so much happen it's been unbelievable."
He said there had been so much violence on Norrie St that police now patrol the road two or three times every day.
He said young people seemed to know the patrol schedule, and often turned up at night after the drive-throughs had been completed each day.
"Up until then it's quiet. As soon as both those cars have been around, once that patrol has gone around, all of a sudden they come from miles around."
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr Williams is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Andrew Saunders on (07) 858 6200 or to call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.