Shot­gun-blasted car shat­ters sense of se­cu­rity

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

Fiona Hooker feels more than the usual parental con­cern when her teenage chil­dren go out at night af­ter her son’s car was shot with a shot­gun.

Daniel, 19, of Hills­bor­ough, had parked his car out­side a friend’s house in Duke St, Mt Roskill, while they watched DVDs.

At 11.30pm they heard a loud bang from the street and ran out­side to in­ves­ti­gate.

“They saw tail lights go­ing up to­wards Mt Eden,” says Mrs Hooker.

Daniel orig­i­nally thought the noise was his parked car be­ing hit by an­other ve­hi­cle but took a quick look at the back of it and saw it was in­tact.

It wasn’t un­til he went to leave 20 min­utes later that he re­alised one of the rear passenger win­dows was smashed and there was a large dent in the door with a patch of paint miss­ing.

His friend’s par­ents came out and one told him it looked like a shot­gun blast.

The po­lice were called and Daniel was given a re­port num­ber and told he could fol- low the mat­ter up with his lo­cal sta­tion.

“When he woke me up and told me I ab­so­lutely freaked,” says Mrs Hooker.

She called the po­lice to see what else could be done but was told there was noth­ing, since no one had wit­nessed the crime.

“I’m hor­ri­fied some­one can fire a shot­gun in a res­i­den­tial area and it’s no big deal,” she says.

There are dis­tinc­tive pel­let marks around the main cir­cle of the blast and some have pierced the metal of the door.

Mrs Hooker says the Toy­ota is non­de­script and she can’t un­der­stand why it was tar­geted.

The win­dow was shat­tered and she says it’s lucky no one was in the car when it hap­pened.

Her son was shaken by the in­ci­dent, she says.

“We all were. It’s not Mi­ami Vice or any­thing.”

The car only has third party in­sur­ance so the fam­ily will have to pay for the re­pairs, which in­clude a new passenger door.

Po­lice say there is no file on the in­ci­dent be­cause the Hook­ers did not make a com­plaint at their lo­cal sta­tion.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Sit­ting duck: Fiona Hooker is up­set that her son’s car was shot with a shot­gun in a res­i­den­tial street.

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