A man who allegedly tried to murder a South Auckland policeman two days before Christmas shot at another person moments later, say police.

The 28-year-old man, who has name suppression, was charged within hours of the shooting with the attempted murder of Constable Jeremy Snow.

Eight more charges were added when he reappeared before a judge yesterday, with police alleging he also shot at another man after hitting Mr Snow with four bullets on December 22.

Until his second appearance in the Manukau District Court yesterday, he had faced one charge only. The eight new charges were:

* Shooting with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

* Unlawfully possessing firearms including .22-calibre rifles, one with a silencer, and a double-barrelled shotgun.

* Possessing methamphetamine.

* Unlawful possession of a 2006 Audi car valued at $30,000.

* Assaulting Kenneth Caine using a firearm as a weapon.

* Assaulting Phillip Andrew Kingi using a firearm as a weapon.

* Assaulting Amanda Riley using a firearm as a weapon.

* Possessing a .38-calibre pistol.

Mr Snow and his partner Robert Cato were investigating a car parked in the drive of a Papatoetoe house when shots rang out. Mr Snow was hit four times.

In court yesterday, the accused man said nothing as his lawyer, Shane Tait, told Judge Charles Blackie that he had not been given a hearing date for a High Court appeal against the judge's ruling on Wednesday to allow the defendant's name to be published.

The judge had said the concept of open justice was the principal issue and he would not suppress the man's name.

An appeal was filed within an hour at Manukau District Court on Wednesday, meaning the name can not be published until the High Court hears the appeal.

The defendant was remanded in custody until February 3.

Mr Snow, 28, spent several days in Middlemore Hospital before he was discharged to his flat, where he is being cared for by his parents.

- NZPA