Pot shots at students
Mt Albert Grammar School students were lucky to escape injury after being fired at with an air rifle while on the school’s back playing fields.
The students, who were doing detention on the fields, noticed something whizzing past them and looked up to see a man pointing an air rifle at them.
None of the students was hit by the pellets.
Police were called to the May 16 incident and took a man, who they say is known to be a 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 man’s actions as “dangerous, illegal and incredibly stupid.”
“A stray pellet could have got someone in the eye and done a lot of damage.”
He says the school appreciated the prompt police response.
“It raises questions about why a 45-year-old 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 very narrowly missed two boys. It’s quite a scary thing to have happen in broad daylight.”
The man was bailed until his next appearance at the Auckland District Court in July, with strict conditions not to go near the school or have a firearm in his possession.