An Auckland teenager bashed with a chair remains in hospital in a critical condition, while detectives continue to search for his attackers.
The 19-year-old was beaten with the metal legs of a chair by a group of offenders in Mangere about 3am yesterday. He was transported to Auckland hospital in a serious but stable condition, but his status was this afternoon listed as critical, an Auckland District Health Board spokeswoman said.
The attack is believed to be linked to another assault that happened at Ferguson St, Mangere at 8am yesterday where another man was hospitalised.
Manukau district senior sergeant Stephen Richards said detectives were following up inquiries today. No charges have been laid yet.
Richards said police were investigating whether the same offenders were behind both attacks and said "it looks as though both are related to each other somehow".
Two people were arrested over firearms offences yesterday but Richards said their offences were unrelated to the assaults.
Anyone with information over the attacks is urged to contact Manukau Police Station on 09 302 6400.