86-year-old ter­ri­fied af­ter gun­shots fired

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - NI­COLE LAW­TON

Auck­land po­lice have ar­rested a man in con­nec­tion with al­leged gang in­tim­i­da­tion a pen­sioner was caught up in.

On early Satur­day morn­ing 86-year-old Rose­mary Ru­dolph was left ter­ri­fied af­ter a sus­pected gang at­tacker fired shot­gun blasts at her house in Avon­dale.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Glenn Bald­win said po­lice ex­e­cut­ing a search war­rant on Sun­day morn­ing dis­cov­ered ‘‘three firearms and a large quan­tity of am­mu­ni­tion’’ at an undis­closed ad­dress.

A 26-year-old man was also ar­rested on three charges of un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of a firearm, un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of am­mu­ni­tion, pos­ses­sion of of­fen­sive weapons and de­mand­ing with men­ace, Bald­win said.

Ru­dolph was left shaken and scared af­ter her Cradock St house and car were fired at at 1.30am on Satur­day.

‘‘I heard these four; bang, bang, bang, bang. Four shots, like that,’’ Ru­dolph said.

She said two gang mem­bers - who she be­lieved be­longed to the King Co­bras - were ask­ing her son for money on Fri­day af­ter­noon, and when he re­fused, re­turned later that night and gunned the place.

She said ‘‘two big huge guys’’ asked her son for money, and when the son said he didn’t have any and closed the door on them, they forced their way in.

‘‘He shut the door but one of them kicked the door open.’’

They even­tu­ally left but re­turned later that night with guns.

‘‘I thought the neigh­bour was let­ting crack­ers off again. So I came out in my dress­ing gown ... and I was go­ing to look out­side but I thought bet­ter of it - I didn’t re­ally know that the win­dows had been shot out.’’

Ru­dolph said it was lucky her son was out at the time, be­cause the gun­fire was right over his bed.

Two armed of­fi­cers were sta­tioned out­sider Ru­dolph’s house for the rest of the night and more po­lice ar­rived in the morn­ing to carry out a foren­sic scene ex­am­i­na­tion.

‘‘It is of con­cern that shots would be fired at a dwelling and a ve­hi­cle,’’ Bald­win said.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Cradock St in­ci­dent con­tin­ues and po­lice ask any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact Auck­land Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion on 09 302 6400 or anony­mously through Crimes­top­pers 0800 555 111

DAVID WHITE / FAIRFAX NZ

Rose­mary Ru­dolph woke up to her house be­ing fired upon in the early hours of Satur­day.

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