Weekend Herald

Man faces raft of charges after dramatic shooting in Auckland

- Miriam Burrell

A man shot by police after allegedly holding a gun to the head of two motorists is out of hospital.

The man, 36, has been charged with three counts of aggravated wounding, and aggravated assault, burglary, reckless driving and failing to stop.

He is expected to appear in the Auckland District Court today.

A 36-year-old woman also appeared in court yesterday, charged with aggravated assault and burglary.

Family members sat in the public gallery, and for some of the court proceeding she whispered to them.

She was granted interim name suppressio­n and remanded in custody until Tuesday.

As she was taken back into custody she yelled out that she loved them and she would see them next week. “Tell uncle I love him,” she said. Yesterday’s dramatic shooting started at 10.45am after a white BMW was allegedly stolen from Youth Garage car yard.

The BMW crashed and a man allegedly carjacked a stationary motorist at gunpoint before fleeing.

Police say the man crashed a second time and tried to carjack a second motorist at gunpoint but was shot by police.

Auckland City Detective Inspector Aaron Pascoe said officers were continuing to ensure Victim Support was available to members of the public caught up in Thursday’s chase in Auckland’s busy industrial streets.

They were also ensuring police involved were supported as well.

“Police would like to acknowledg­e Auckland motorists for their cooperatio­n with the cordons that were in place in parts of Great South Rd,” he said.

“This enabled police to carry out our scene examinatio­ns as part of the investigat­ion.”

Pascoe said the investigat­ion was continuing.

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