Fatal Auckland shooting victim named

21:44, Jan 21 2013
Otara shooting
NO GO AREA: Police conduct a scene examination at the Flat Bush property.

A 23-year-old man who died two weeks after being shot in the stomach has been named as Alex Mark Ulu.

Police said Ulu was shot at a property in Eastland Rd, Flat Bush, on January 2. A homicide investigation is underway.

Detective Inspector Jim Gallagher said Ulu recently moved to Auckland from Wellington and worked in the construction industry. He was also planning a career in the police.

Gallagher said an autopsy was conducted on Monday and a cut-down rifle believed to have been used in the shooting and recovered at Tuakau, was being forensically examined.

Two men have been arrested and charged in relation to the shooting.

Gareth Heron, 25, was arrested on January 4 at a Tuakau address after contacting police. He has appeared in the Manukau District Court charged with unlawful possession of a .22 rifle and ammunition and was remanded in custody until January 30.

A 29-year-old man who lived at the Eastland Rd address has also appeared in court on a firearms charge and was also remanded in custody until January 30.

Ulu's funeral will be held in Otara on Thursday.


Gareth Heron
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