Killed man shot in chest - police

KIRSTY JOHNSTON
Last updated 10:08 20/12/2012

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The man who died after an incident in West Auckland on Tuesday night died of a gunshot wound to the chest, police say.

He has been named as Daniel Fifita Turner, 29, of Ranui. 

Police launched a homicide investigation yesterday after Turner died at Waitakere Hospital early on Wednesday morning. His killer and the weapon used are yet to be found.

Frightened neighbours told how they watched through the curtains as his body was dragged into a car and driven away after the shooting, in Afton Pl, Ranui.

A second man was also injured in the incident and was taken to Auckland City Hospital for treatment. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Detectives are yet to confirm full details of what happened, but residents of Afton Pl, a small cul-de-sac in Ranui, said they heard gunshots around midnight and saw a car speeding away.

"I thought it was fireworks," neighbour Sandy Whare said.

"Like one of those Roman candles."

Another resident said the shooting happened when a group of young men turned up at house "to cause trouble" and got into a fight, which quickly escalated.

"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 second man was hurt while assisting the deceased man into the car, police said. Both were visitors to the area.

A woman who had lived on the street for more than 30 years said there had been issues previously with people throwing rocks at the roof of the house, which was yesterday at the centre of a cordon patrolled by armed police.

"We've tried to complain to Housing New Zealand about those people ever since they moved in, there's been nothing but trouble," she said.

"They're always having parties there and there's always fights. I knew something was going to happen."

The parents of the young people that lived at the house were apparently in Australia.

An autopsy was carried out yesterday and the gunshot wounds confirmed. Forensic staff, a photographer and a specialist search team were also at the scene, and will continue with their examinations today.

Detective Inspector Bruce Scott of the Waitemata police said last night the weapon used in the assault was yet to be found.

Scott said there was a large team on the case and police were following several leads.

Anyone in the Afton Pl area who heard or saw anything suspicious can call Waitakere CIB on 09 839 0600 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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