Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Do you recognise this man – police seek suspect in fatal shooting

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Police want to hear from anyone who knows the man pictured or knows where he is. Photo supplied

A manhunt is under way following a fatal shooting in Auckland last night and police are appealing to the public to help locate the suspect.

Police investigating the death of a man in Ponsonby on Sunday evening have released a photo of the alleged offender.

Detective Inspector Chris Barry of Auckland City CIB says police have released an image of a man sought in connection with an incident on Ponsonby Road last night.

The investigation team are continuing to build a picture of the events and police can advise of what is known so far.

“Earlier on Sunday evening, this man tried to enter a bar on Ponsonby Road, however was denied entry as it was closing,” Barry says.

“He was seen lingering on Ponsonby Road towards the Richmond Road end.”

At about 10.15pm, a group of four people, including the victim, exited a parked car on Ponsonby Road and walked in the man’s direction.

Enquiries so far indicate multiple shots were discharged.

“Police have now identified the man as the offender and are urgently seeking information from the public to assist us with identifying him,” Barry says.

“The man is described as being of large build, with dark hair and facial hair, and a large tattoo on his forearm.

“We are now appealing for assistance from the public to identify him.”

The man was then seen to be walking south on Ponsonby Road, in the direction of Richmond Road, following the incident.

Barry says the man is considered dangerous and the public should not approach him.

“If you see him, please phone 111 immediately.

“We would also like to remind anyone who may be assisting in concealing the man’s whereabouts could also find themselves being prosecuted.”

Barry says police are aware of the concern the community will be feeling in relation to this incident.

“Any type of incident involving a firearm is extremely concerning.

“We know that there is unease in the community, particularly as police have not yet made an arrest.

“However, we would like to reassure Ponsonby residents, and thee wider community, that a dedicated police team are working diligently to hold the person involved to account.

“Police are aware of some speculation surrounding the circumstances of the incident.

“Speculation will not assist our investigation and the team’s priority is to locate the offender as soon as possible.

“You can be certain we will piece together why this shocking incident occurred.”

Police ask anyone who feels unsafe at all, or who sees anything suspicious, to phone 111 immediately.

Any information or relevant detail that may assist police with their investigation is important and they urge people to use the 105 phone service or go online at https://www.police.govt.nz/use-105.

Reference file number 240506/9353.

Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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