Block of flats tar­geted

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT AND FLORENCE KERR

An early morn­ing drive-by shoot­ing in Toko­roa has left one grand­fa­ther fear­ful for what might hap­pen next.

Po­lice con­firmed that the shoot­ing hap­pened at 2.30 on Mon­day morn­ing with no in­juries re­ported.

A block of flats on the in­ter­sec­tion of Benella and Bil­lah St was the tar­get.

A Toko­roa grand­fa­ther who was left shaken af­ter the shoot­ing, told South Waikato News that he made his grand­chil­dren lie on the floor when the shots rang out.

The man, who did not want to be named, said his fam­ily in­clud­ing his grand­chil­dren were wo­ken when the shots were fired.

‘‘ It was pretty quick. Boom, boom, boom . . . yeah it woke us up.’’

The man said the shoot­ing had given him a ‘‘wake-up call.’’

‘‘A lit­tle per­son could have been killed for some­body else’s bull**** . . . All I know is I’m go­ing to get my kids out of here.’’

Po­lice said it was too early to ‘‘spec­u­late’’ on the mo­tive be­hind the early morn­ing attack.

They said a small num­ber of pro­jec­tiles from a firearm en­tered two of the flats caus­ing mi­nor dam­age.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Gra­ham Perks said: ‘‘For­tu­nately the oc­cu­pants of the flats were asleep at the time and no- one was in­jured.’’

Po­lice are par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in an or­ange coloured ve­hi­cle that was seen on Bil­lah St at the time of the in­ci­dent. The ve­hi­cle in­volved is be­lieved to have trav­elled along Benella St where at least one shot was fired, be­fore it turned right on to Bil­lah St and dis­charged fur­ther shots be­fore leav­ing the area.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Toko­roa Po­lice on 07 885 0100; or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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