Ri­fle pel­lets nar­rowly miss stu­dents

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School stu­dents were lucky to es­cape in­jury af­ter be­ing fired at with an air ri­fle while on the back play­ing fields.

The stu­dents, who were on de­ten­tion, saw some­thing whiz past them and looked up to see a man point­ing the air at them.

None of the stu­dents was hit in the May 16 in­ci­dent.

Po­lice took a man they say is a known mem­ber of the Mon­grel Mob into cus­tody.

The air ri­fle was not found dur­ing a po­lice search of the prop­erty, but the man was charged with reck­lessly dis­charg­ing a firearm.

Prin­ci­pal Dale Bur­den de­scribes the in­ci­dent as “dan­ger­ous, il­le­gal and in­cred­i­bly stupid”.

“A pel­let could have got some­one in the eye.”

He says the school ap­pre­ci­ated the prompt po­lice re­sponse.

“It raises ques­tions about why a man has so much time on his hands he can sit at home and take pot shots at kids. Why isn’t he work­ing? If you can pull a trig­ger you can use a mop.”

Con­sta­ble Sharon Oliver, who at­tended the call­out, says the crime was “quite ma­li­cious”.

“He nar­rowly missed two boys. It’s quite a scary thing to have hap­pen in broad day­light.”

The man was bailed un­til his next ap­pear­ance in the Auck­land Dis­trict Court in July, with strict con­di­tions not to go near the school or to pos­sess a firearm.

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