Arrest after shots fired

A Feilding man has been arrested after a driver was shot at while travelling down a Feilding street.

A 34-year-old man suffered an injury to his hand after his vehicle was fired upon with a shotgun as he drove along Makino Rd, Feilding, about 8.50pm yesterday.

The wound required surgery and he remains in Palmerston North Hospital.

Following the incident, Manawatu Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson said the Manawatu Armed Offenders went to a house on Makino Rd, not far from where the man was hit, and arrested a 28-year-old man.

He was charged with firearms related offences, and will appear in the Palmerston North District Court tomorrow.

The house remained cordoned off this morning as police carried out a scene examination.

The shooting is believed to be linked to another firearms incident earlier that day, in Palmerston North's Oakley St.

Armed police responded to a call to a house there about 11am, after it was reported that a shot was fired.

Police spoke to occupants of the house, but there were no complaints of such an event.

It is the second time in two months police have attended a firearms incident at the house, after shots were fired into the house and a car parked outside.

At least eight shots were let off, believed to be from a .22 calibre weapon. No one was injured.

"Police believe that the two incidents are related and that a dispute between two groups has escalated to a point where an innocent member of the public has been caught up in the middle of it.''

''It's with a huge cup of good luck that we are not dealing with a homicide.''

While some of those involved in the incidents are associated with gangs, it was not a gang related incident, he said.

The two groups had now met and following the arrest, police believe the situation has been de- escalated.

Police are continuing with inquiries and ask anyone with information concerning either the incident on Oakley Street or Makino Road to contact Detective Scott Rankin on 351 3600.

Information can also be provided anonymously via the organisation Crimestoppers 0800 555 11