Man 'horrifically' wounded in shooting

JENNA LYNCH
Last updated 14:43 22/02/2013
SHOOTING: The man sustained significant injuries after being shot in the face and abdomen.
PETER DRURY

SHOOTING: The man sustained significant injuries after being shot in the face and abdomen.

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A jealous man shot his rival in the face and stomach after finding him with his ex-girlfriend at a Matamata house last night.

The 20-year-old victim remains in critical condition in Waikato Hospital's intensive care unit after undergoing surgery this morning for the gunshot wounds, which a hospital spokesperson described as ''horrific''. The victim had surgery about 5am.

It is understood the shooter is 21-year-old Matamata man Daniel McNeill. He opened fire at the victim's  Mowbray Rd farmhouse north of Matamata about 11.15pm with a rifle. McNeill's body was later found at a Tower Rd property.

Police are not seeking anyone else in connection with the shootings and would not comment on a possible motive or whether the men involved knew each other.

Waikato field crime manager Detective Inspector Karl Thornton earlier said police were called shortly after 11pm.

"A woman had rung 111 to report that her 20-year-old boyfriend had been shot by an offender, who then fled the property in a utility vehicle.

"Police secured the scene to allow ambulance staff to treat the victim, who was then airlifted to Waikato Hospital."

Police, including the Armed Offenders Squad, searched a number of properties before finding the dead man.

"About 3.20am, officers located a deceased male at a Tower Rd, Matamata, address.

"The 21-year-old had suffered a gunshot wound and police do not believe his death is suspicious."

Neighbours of the Mowbray Rd farmhouse declined to speak to media this morning and a security guard was at the gate of the property,  about 1.5km east of Waharoa.

Sandie Davis, a chef at Workman's Cafe in Matamata, was shocked by the shooting. ''It's the crime that you hear of in the big city, not little old Matamata,'' she said.

Matamata Clay Target Gun Club president Graham Payze said he was ''definitely'' surprised by the shooting.

Payze said McNeill had attended the club at the same time as Payze's children and performed well in the Matamata College shooting team.

''He wasn't the sort of kid you'd expect something like this from ... anything can happen when there's a woman involved I guess.''

He said the club would be helping those involved as best it could.

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- Waikato Times

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