Two arrested in Tauranga shooting case

PALOMA MIGONE
Last updated 14:37 27/09/2012

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Police investigating the attempted murder of a Tauranga man have arrested two people and are hunting a third.

A 43-year-old man had to be treated in hospital for shotgun pellet injuries to the head after two shots blasted his Meander Dr house in the suburb of Welcome Bay on July 9.

The shots fired through a closed glass door landed in and around the bed of a young child who normally lived at the house, but was away at the time.

Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner said police discovered there was a home invasion at the same Welcome Bay house on May 17, which had not been reported.

He said they also found there had been an unreported shooting in Hamilton on May 31. Turner said that incident was also relevant to the investigation.

As a result of the investigation, police arrested two 35-year-old men from Hamilton.

One appeared in the Tauranga District Court this morning and the second is due to appear on October 3.

An arrest warrant for a third man, aged 44 from Tauranga, has also been issued, but he was still at large.

The three men face a variety of charges including two counts of attempted murder, aggravated burglary and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The two Hamilton men are also face a burglary charge. While the Tauranga man faces a separate charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice and possession of LSD.

The victim's details have been suppressed.

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