Fatal Auckland shooting victim named

KIRSTY JOHNSTON
Last updated 16:41 21/01/2013
Otara shooting
ROB KIDD/Fairfax NZ

NO GO AREA: Police conduct a scene examination at the Flat Bush property.

Gareth Heron
ARRESTED: Gareth Heron

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A 23-year-old man who died two weeks after he took a bullet to the stomach has been named as Alex Mark Ulu.

Police say Ulu was shot at a property in Eastland Rd, Flat Bush, on January 2. A homicide investigation is underway.

Detective Inspector Jim Gallagher said Ulu recently moved to Auckland from Wellington and worked in the construction industry. He was also planning a career in the police.

Gallagher said an autopsy was conducted on Monday and a firearm - a cut-down rifle - believed to have been used in the shooting and recovered at Tuakau, was being forensically examined.

Two men have been arrested and charged in relation to the shooting.

Gareth Heron, 25, was arrested on January 4 at a Tuakau address after he contacted police. He appeared in the Manukau District Court charged with unlawful possession of a .22 rifle and ammunition and was remanded in custody until January 30.

A 29-year-old man who lived at the Eastland Rd address has also appeared in court on a firearms charge and was also remanded in custody until January 30.

Ulu's funeral will be held in Otara on Thursday.

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