Man­hunt un­der way af­ter fa­tal shoot­ing

Marlborough Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A man was shot to death in front of a woman near a ru­ral Can­ter­bury prop­erty.

The 28-year-old’s body was found in Grange Rd, Char­ing Cross, Sel­wyn about 3.30pm on Satur­day.

No ar­rests have been made. De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Cor­rie Par­nell said ear­lier that ini­tial in­quiries sug­gested an al­ter­ca­tion had oc­curred be­tween the man who died and an­other man. Par­nell con­firmed a firearm was in­volved.

A man, who did not want to be named, told Stuff his part­ner, who lives near where the body was found, heard a loud bang fol­lowed by a woman scream­ing.

‘‘She thought some­thing’s not right here and went to have a look. The guy was ly­ing there blood spurt­ing out ev­ery­where.

‘‘He was still alive, she tried to re­vive him, but he died.’’

The man said an­other woman, who he be­lieved was the vic­tim’s girl­friend, was also at the scene when the man was shot.

About 15 patched mem­bers of the King Co­bras gang were yes­ter­day sta­tioned across the road from the po­lice cor­don at the in­ter­sec­tion of Tele­graph and Grange roads. Sev­eral deckchairs were po­si­tioned on the grass, near their cars, as the mem­bers waited for po­lice to fin­ish the scene ex­am­i­na­tion.

Scene guards re­mained in place overnight on Satur­day at two sites be­fore a full scene in­ves­ti­ga­tion could be­gin yes­ter­day morn­ing. It was ex­pected to ex­tend into this week.

‘‘We ac­knowl­edge the pub­lic’s con­cerns re­gard­ing this in­ci­dent.

‘‘We con­tinue to fol­low pos­i­tive lines of in­quiry and are work­ing to­wards hold­ing those re­spon­si­ble ac­count­able,’’ Par­nell said.

Res­i­dents in the sur­round­ing area on Satur­day said they had seen and heard lit­tle of the in­ci­dent.

Spokes­peo­ple for the New Zealand Fire Ser­vice and a St John spokes­woman con­firmed staff had been at the scene, but would not com­ment fur­ther.

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