3 January 2024, Auckland New Zealand By Vaimoana Mase, NZ Herald. A homicide investigation is underway after a teenager died of a gunshot wound he suffered on New Year’s Day.
Police in South Auckland confirmed a 19-year-old was shot while in a vehicle on Addington Avenue in Manurewa in the early hours of Monday.
He was rushed to hospital in a critical condition but died in hospital, police said today.
A second teenager, aged 17, also suffered a gunshot and remains in a critical condition.
Police said at the time that they were called to Addington Ave, in Manurewa, about 3.20am.
“Two males were found in a vehicle unresponsive,” a police spokesman said. They were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.
Officers in jump suits, masks and gloves were later seen examining a car in the middle of the street as armed police stood guard at the top of the road, where a large cordon had been placed.
Detective Karen Bright, of Counties Manukau Police, said a scene examination was completed yesterday.
“Our focus is now on establishing the circumstances surrounding the incident and supporting both victims’ families at this difficult time.
“We know this will have been a shock to the community,” she said.
“However, we would like to reassure them this appears to be an isolated incident.”
Detective Inspector Karen Bright said police wanted witnesses of the shooting to come forward. Police are asking members of the public with information to contact 105 and reference file number 240101/2378.