Gun in­ci­dents may be linked

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

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.

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