The bodies of two men killed after a shooting at a Omanawa property on Tuesday have been removed as investigations continue into the incident.
The dead men are believed to be Paul Lasslett, 43, who owned the property, and Nick Littlewood, 32.
Police have not officially named the victims.
Detective Inspector Mark Loper said a scene examination was ongoing at the property with support from forensic specialists and an Auckland specialist search group, and was expected to be completed tomorrow.
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"Additional investigations staff are being brought in from around the country to assist Bay of Plenty Police," Loper said.
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Police said they believed the two dead men were known to each other. The men's bodies were removed from the property last night and post mortems will take place today.
"While police have spoken to a number of people in relation to the incident, we believe there may be others who are yet to talk to us.
"We urge anyone who has information to share, or who witnessed any of the circumstances surrounding the incident, to get in touch with Bay of Plenty Police on 105 and quote file number 200211/5109," he said.
Information can be given anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.