Shooting: Paul Eden in court
A man appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday over a shooting near Blenheim on Wednesday.
Paul Shane Eden, 47, of Blenheim, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a 30-year-old man was shot in the thigh with a .22 calibre rifle.
Detective Sergeant Jason Hillgrove said the man was shot on a balcony at a private property on Redwood Pass Rd, south of Blenheim, about 4am on Wednesday.
Eden, who is listed as an office worker in the electoral roll, was remanded on bail without entering a plea and will reappear on January 14.
The victim, whose name has not been disclosed, was a former Blenheim man now living in Christchurch.
He was taken to Wairau Hospital, in Blenheim, where he underwent surgery. He needed more surgery, Mr Hillgrove said.
A hospital spokeswoman said yesterday that the man was in a stable condition.
Mr Hillgrove said police were still investigating the incident and carrying out a scene examination where the shooting took place.
Police would not say who owned the rifle.
Tasman district police communications manager Barbara Dunn on Wednesday told the Marlborough Express the charged man had been looking after the house where the shooting took place while the owners were away on holiday.
The victim was visiting him while he was house-sitting.
The owners of the house had been in Wellington but were reported to have come home after being notified.
St John operations team manager Pete Davidson said the ambulance crew was called out at 4.40am by the victim, who had a serious gunshot wound to his thigh.
He was treated at the scene after police made sure the area was secured, Mr Davidson said.
Mr Hillgrove said the man was sitting in his car conscious and in a lot of pain when officers arrived at the property about 5am.
- The Marlborough Express