A 30-year-old man shot in the eye in Christchurch this morning dared the gunman to shoot him, not thinking he actually would, Fairfax reported.

The shooting is thought to have occurred just before 5.30am, on the corner of Matipo St and Blenheim Rd.

Joshua Small said he had earlier argued with the gunman, who he picked a fight with because he was drunk.

A short time later the shooter returned with a gun.


"He goes, 'Do you want me to shoot you?' and I said, 'Yeah, if you're going to pull a gun on me you may as well shoot me you c***." Small told Fairfax.

"I've had that kind of stuff happen to me before where people pull a gun on me and they've never used it. I wasn't really that fazed by it.

"I thought he was just playing around and then he pulled the gun on me and pulled the trigger. I didn't hear the shot, my glasses just blew off my face and there was blood p***ing out everywhere."

Small walked to a nearby service station after the shooting, and an employee called emergency services.

Small said he did not want charges laid.

"That's just not me . . . it's not in my mindframe to rat someone out like that."

Christchurch police ask anyone who may have information on the incident to speak to Detective Senior Sergeant Leairne Dow on 03 363 7400. Alternatively, reports may be made anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.