Kapiti Police say they are ‘following positive lines of inquiry’ following a shooting near Kapiti Lights in the early hours of this morning.
A car passenger shot at the victim, who received a superficial hand wound, after two earlier altercations near by.
Officer in charge of the Kapiti CIB, Detective Sergeant Ian Martin, says: “Around 1am, two local men got involved in an altercation with security staff at a local bar. The victim in this matter intervened and assisted security staff to break up the altercation, which ended peacefully.
“Between 3:30 and 4am this morning, the victim and two associates were outside the Paraparaumu Fire Station on Kapiti Road, when a vehicle stopped across the road. The driver was recognised as being one of the two men involved in the earlier altercation.”
Firearm pointed at victim
He says words were exchanged between the victim and the driver and a passenger got out of the vehicle and presented a firearm at the victim. The victim wrestled with this person to remove the firearm, to no avail.
Det/Sgt Martin says:”The passenger then returned to the vehicle which drove off towards the Kapiti Lights. The victim chased the vehicle on foot a short distance before the vehicle stopped and the passenger shot at the victim, who received a superficial hand wound.”
He says earlier media reports have stated the incident was a ‘drive-by shooting’ which is not correct.
“We are following strong lines of enquiry this afternoon to locate the two males involved in this incident however anyone with any information should phone the Kapiti Police on (04) 296 6800 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111,” he adds.