Rifle pellets narrowly miss students
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.