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Auckland leader calls for communities to take action after seven shootings overnight – World news

Auckland leader calls for communities to take action after seven shootings overnight – World news
A house on Clayton Ave in Ōtara was shot up on Monday night.

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A house on Clayton Ave in Ōtara was shot up on Monday night.

A south Auckland councillor has called for the community “to take action” and get firearms off the street following a spate of shootings across Tāmaki Makaurau on Tuesday night.

Acting inspector Terry Lee confirmed police had responded to seven gunshot incidents which took place in the suburbs of Ōtara, Papatoetoe, Flat Bush, Papakura, Henderson, Mt Albert and Te Atatū.

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It occurred less than 24 hours after homes in Northland and south Auckland were shot up.

Manukau ward councillor, Alf Filipaina told Morning Report he wouldn’t be surprised if last night’s shootings were linked to the rising tensions between prominent gangs Tribesmen and Killer Beez.

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Manukau ward councillor, Alf Filipaina told Morning Report he wouldn’t be surprised if last night’s shootings were linked to the rising tensions between prominent gangs Tribesmen and Killer Beez.

Manukau ward councillor Alf Filipaina told Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report he wouldn’t be surprised if the shootings were linked to the rising tensions between prominent gangs Tribesmen and Killer Beez.

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He referred to a ceasefire that was brokered between the two gangs by local church leaders and communities when Ōtara had a spate in shootings in late 2020.

Filipaina said that was obviously no longer in place.

His concern was a member of the community, especially a young person, would be shot or killed.

“I’ve always said, it’s up to the families of those prepared to use the firearms to help police and communities, to get guns out of families and houses of those ready to use them,” he said.

“But families have to come on board.”

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Police Senior Sergeant Paddy Hannon explains which firearms are legal and which are prohibited under the new gun laws in New Zealand. (First published April 2019)

A mother who lives near the house that was shot in Flat Bush said it sounded like a motorbike backfiring.

“It freaked me and my kid out,” she said.

“It really worries me as a mother knowing it was in the evening. My kid could well have been playing outside like normal at the time.”

The woman said children also lived in the house that was shot at.

Police outside a house in Flat Bush after a shooting on Tuesday evening.

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Police outside a house in Flat Bush after a shooting on Tuesday evening.

The first of Tuesday’s incidents happened between 6:40pm and 7:40pm, approximately. The incident in Te Atatū was reported about 9:20pm.

Lee said no-one had been injured in any of the incidents, but damage had been done to several houses.

“Work is ongoing to determine exactly what has taken place and any potential links between the incidents themselves,” Lee said.

“Police will not tolerate activity which disrupts our communities and puts people at extreme risk.”

Lee said he wanted to reassure the community police took gun crimes very seriously and they would continue to hold offenders to account.

A police spokesperson earlier confirmed they had received reports just before 6.30pm of a gun being shot on Caspar Rd in Papatoetoe.

The spokesperson said police were also investigating a gun being shot on Bairds Rd in Ōtara, also on Tuesday evening.

Bairds Rd was cordoned off for some time following the incident.

Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported houses and cars were shot up overnight in Kaikohe and south Auckland as gang tensions rose.

Police said they received reports of shots heard in the Kaikohe area about 4:25am on Tuesday, but no injuries were reported at the time.

A number of houses were shot at in Northland’s Kaikohe earlier this week.

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A number of houses were shot at in Northland’s Kaikohe earlier this week.

Stuff understands a car load of gang members drove through residential areas in the north-east of the Northland township, shooting at a number of cars and houses in the area.

Shots were also fired at a house in Clayton Ave, Ōtara, on Monday evening, leaving the house with several broken windows.

On Sunday night a house on Phoenix Place in Papatoetoe was also peppered with bullets, with a neighbour describing the situation as a “nightmare”, while a shooting on Saturday evening in Red Hill allegedly left 44 bullet casings on a driveway.

Police announced in early May the launch of a six-month-long operation to crack down on gangs across the country, following the major shift in the gang landscape since the arrival of hundreds of hardened criminals from Australia.

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