Police are investigating after a 22-year-old man was left in the Taupo Hospital car park with a gunshot wound to his leg.
The man was stabilised by hospital staff, and then flown to Rotorua Hospital by the YouthTown Rescue Helicopter about 3.20pm today.
The bullet wound was to his right leg, above the knee.
Taupo Detective Sergeant Tony Manunui said the police were not yet aware how the man was shot or how he had arrived at the hospital.
"We don't know any of the circumstances. We are just trying to locate his friends.
The man's injuries were not considered life threatening, he said.
Rescue helicopter pilot Todd Dunham said it was a mysterious case.
"It [the bullet wound] was in his upper leg. The only [other] thing we know was that he was left in that car park.
"He was conscious and he was in a lot of pain. Of course, there's a firearm involved, so I'm sure [more information] will come out of the woodwork eventually. I'm sure there'll be a full investigation.
"It's a strange one."
A Rotorua Hospital spokeswoman said the man was in a stable condition following surgery.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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