Three armed men burst into a Thames house this evening, shooting a teenaged girl, police say.
The home invasion left the 17-year-old girl with moderate arm injuries after a shotgun discharged and pellets lodged in her arm.
The girl and a 50-year-old man fled the house and ran to a nearly hospital for the elderly to get help. Police and ambulance staff attended to them there, before taking them to Thames Hospital.
The man had suffered chest pains after the home invasion.
Police said three men wearing masks and armed with a sawn-off shotgun entered a house on Parawai Rd about 8:20pm.
During the confrontation the shotgun was discharged, injuring the woman.
Ambulance spokesman Norm Ngatai said it was believed she was shot when the weapon went off after being dropped.
The intruders fled the address.
Waikato police will continue the investigation overnight, and the house will be guarded, before a forensic examination in the morning.