West Auckland shooting victim named

Last updated 12:58 22/05/2014
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Friends and family mourn the man killed in a shooting in West Auckland, named as Josh Roach, 23.

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JOSH ROACH: The 23-year-old was the person shot and killed in a shared driveway.
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Friends of the deceased near the scene of a shooting on Luanda Rd in west Auckland.

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Friends and family have paid tribute to a man killed in a shootout in West Auckland, as a second man fights for his life in hospital.

Yesterday's shootings in Ranui were the community's second violent killing in three days.

Friends and family said the dead man was Josh Roach, 23. He was shot and killed in a shared driveway.

The injured man, aged 20, was in a critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery at Auckland Hospital last night.

A father and son have appeared in the Waitakere District Court this morning charged with possession of an unlawful firearm.

Police are also talking to other people in relation to the shootings.

At 11.08am yesterday police were called to a house in Luanda Drive, following reports of shots fired.

Police found a man's body and a firearm was located near him.

A family member of Roach confirmed him as the dead man.

''It's a hard time for our family right now,'' she said.

Friends and family posted tributes to Roach on social media.

''Nephew shot dead in his driveway out West. At least Josh took one of them with him. R.I.P Josh, your life was taken too soon,'' Mark Russell wrote on Facebook.

''Josh you were my one true love taken away from me just qen things were getting better. I will love you forever, ur boy will know what a loving father you were ...  goobye josh R.I.P.,'' (sic) wrote Mikaela Crawley on Facebook.

Police confirmed the victim as a 23-year old Ranui resident.

Around the same time as police reached the scene, a 20 year-old man arrived at Waitakere Hospital.

He was taken to the hospital in a four-wheel-drive vehicle by two people.

The vehicle left the hospital and was stopped by police. It was seized for forensic examination after blood was found inside.

Police said the investigation was in its early stages and couldn't confirm reports the shootings were the result of gang tensions.

''We're trying to piece together exactly what has taken place and why. We're not able to speculate on any possible reasons for the shooting just yet,'' said Detective Inspector Bruce Scott.

Luanda Drive resident of 25 years Robert Walters said he was out collecting his mail when he heard two gunshots.

Seconds later, a dark-coloured vehicle reversed out of a driveway four houses down from his own at high speed, he said.

''It came down and disappeared at a hell of a rate of knots down Waitemata Drive."

Walters said the area used to be "rough as guts" but described it as a nice place to live now.

Another resident said he heard loud arguments coming from the address on Tuesday night.

The shootings occurred just two days after a mother and daughter were stabbed to death less than 2km away.

A man who lived with them has been charged with their murders.

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