Gun incidents may be linked
An early morning shooting of a pet goat on Barton Rd last Sunday morning has left nearby residents shocked and horrified by the act.
The goat’s carer, who wants to remain anonymous, said she felt distraught that someone would do this.
‘‘It has really upset me – what someone did was evil,’’ she said.
‘‘On Sunday morning I heard a car slowly driving by, then two loud shots. I didn’t think it would be the goat but later found out it was.
‘‘This type of thing is not right. It has to stop. Otherwise, you don’t know who it might be next.’’
On the same morning, a car was shot at in Te Poi. Matamata Police believe the two incidents may be related and are continuing their investigations.
The previous week, a number of firearms were reported stolen in the South Waikato and police also believe this may be related to the incidents.
The goat was shot with a hunting rifle and the car was fired at with a shotgun.
If anyone has information about these shootings, please contact the Matamata Police on 888 7117.