Gang member charged with fatal shooting

KIRSTY JOHNSTON
Last updated 13:09 23/01/2013

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A King Cobra gang member has been arrested over the murder of a young man in West Auckland before Christmas, and police have charged seven other people in relation to the death. 

Daniel Fifita Turner, 29, died after being shot in the chest before midnight on December 18.

A second man was shot in the leg when he tried to drag Turner into a car during the incident on Afton Pl, Ranui.

Detective Inspector Bruce Scott said police executed several search warrants across West Auckland this morning and charged a man in his 20s with murder. 

Five other had been charged with being accessories after the fact, two of those were also charged with being party to the murder.

Scott said further charges of wounding in regards to the shooting of Daniel Turner's associate had also been laid.  

Five of those charged are also facing charges of participating in a criminal group after allegedly being involved in a drug dealing operation.

Large amounts of cannabis were seized today.

Those charged will appear in the Waitakere District Court this afternoon.

It is understood the man charged with murder, who cannot be named until after the court hearing, was a newly-patched member of the King Cobra gang.

Scott said more than 80 police had worked on the investigation during which a firearm believed to be the weapon used in the killing was located.  

"The support of the public in Waitakere and the hard work on the investigation team over the holiday period has ensured a positive result for the community of Ranui and the family of Daniel Turner," he said.

At the time of the incident, residents of Afton Pl, a small cul-de-sac, said they heard gunshots about midnight and saw a car speeding away.

"The man who passed away, his body was lying on the road, and then they just pulled it into the car and drove away," the neighbour said.

The King Cobras are one of New Zealand's oldest gangs, formed by Samoan migrants in Ponsonby in the 1950s.

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