Shotgun-blasted car shatters sense of security
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.
Sitting duck: Fiona Hooker is upset that her son’s car was shot with a shotgun in a residential street.