Police probe gang link after arrests

A man is led away by police following a violent incident in Upper Hutt.
A man is led away by police following a violent incident in Upper Hutt.
Two men are detained by police following a violent incident in Upper Hutt.
Two men are detained by police following a violent incident in Upper Hutt.
An officer on guard at the scene of the shooting.
An officer on guard at the scene of the shooting.
A police officer talks to a motorist near the incident.
A police officer talks to a motorist near the incident.

A witness believes he saw a man with a pistol hidden up his sleeve moments before police received reports of multiple gunshots at a home in Upper Hutt.

A window was smashed and a letterbox attacked at the Blueberry Grove home where the gunfire was reported about 11.30am yesterday. A young girl was at the home at the time but no-one was injured.

Armed police cordoned off streets before raiding homes in Speargrass Grove and Aniseed Grove. Three men were arrested and weapons - a rifle, poles and a hammer - were seized.

However, last night police were unsure whether the recovered weapons were used in the attack. They were also unsure whether a gun was fired.

It is understood they are investigating whether the attack is linked to tension between the Mongrel Mob and Black Power.

A resident of the home in Blueberry Grove said he heard a "ruckus" outside and voices "muttering about gangs" during the attack.

Another man, who said he was an associate of the Mongrel Mob, said he saw a man with a pistol hidden up his sleeve during the attack.

Senior Sergeant Brent Murray said police had received reports of multiple shots fired in the area before armed police moved in.

Police negotiated their way into a house in Aniseed Grove where two suspects "gave themselves up". The three arrested men were likely to face disorder related charges when they appear in Lower Hutt District Court today.

Contact Blair Ensor
Police reporter
Email: blair.ensor@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @blairensor

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