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Charges laid after person injured in shooting

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Armed police at the scene of a shooting in Flat Bush on August 10. Times photo Wayne Martin

Three men are facing criminal charges after a shooting in east Auckland that left one person injured.

Police and St John Ambulance paramedics responded to an incident at a house in Whimbrel Road, Flat Bush, just after 1pm on August 10 after receiving reports of a firearm being discharged.

A person with a gunshot wound was located at the scene and taken to hospital for medical treatment.

Police say a vehicle was seen leaving the address shortly before officers arrived.

Enquiries were ongoing to establish exactly what happened and to locate those responsible.

Police talked to a number of people in the area and residents were advised to expect to see a large police presence in the community for the rest of the day.

Shortly after 3pm the same day police became aware of a stationary vehicle in Hillsborough, central Auckland, that may have been involved in the Flat Bush shooting.

A firearm and ammunition were recovered and three people were taken into custody.

On August 11 a police spokesperson told the Times charges had been laid against three men following an investigation into the shooting.

The men, aged between 22 and 27, were scheduled to appear in the Manukau District Court on August 11 facing charges relating to the unlawful possession of firearms.

“Police enquiries are ongoing into this incident and we are unable to rule out further charges being laid, “the spokesperson says.

“None of the men reside in Flat Bush. Police do not believe this was a gang-related incident.

“As the matter is now before the courts, police are limited in providing further details.”

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