Motive for shots baffling

At least eight shots fired, no known motive

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 07:54 09/07/2014
Palmerston North Shooting
GRANT MATTHEW/Fairfax NZ

UNEXPLAINED: Police are investigating a shooting at a Palmerston North house on Monday.

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Police remain uncertain about why at least eight shots were fired into a house and car on a quiet Palmerston North street.

Detective Sergeant Craig Sheridan said police were called to the house, on Oakley Ave, about 10pm on Monday, after shots were fired.

No-one was injured, although children and adults were home at the time. That no-one was hurt was "more by good luck than good management", Sheridan said.

The end of the street was cordoned off yesterday as police made a scene examination at the house, situated at the end of a cul de sac.

Police put out markers on the road, on the back window of a silver Ford Falcon parked in front of the house, and on a front window and wall of the house.

The markers showed the position of bullet holes, including one that made it through the front window, into the house itself.

Sheridan said at least eight shots were fired, but there may have been more, about 9.20pm on Monday.

Police hadn't been given an explanation as to why they weren't called until 40 minutes later, he said. The weapon used is believed to be .22 calibre rifle.

There were no eye-witnesses to the shooting and the neighbours Police uncertn the very small street saw nothing, he said. "We don't know what the motive was - it was nothing obvious."

When they found the "why", they would likely be able to determine the "who", he said.

Sheridan said police wanted to hear from anyone with information about the shooting, or who was in the area about that time.

Palmerston North police can be contacted on 351 3600 or information can be given anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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