Man shot in buttocks
Police are still on the hunt for a man who shot another man in the buttocks in Linwood today.
Emergency services were alerted to the incident at an Armagh St property just after 11am today.
The victim, a 55-year-old man, had sustained injuries to his lower back and buttocks, Detective Inspector Dave Long said.
He was in a serious but stable condition in Christchurch Hospital, and was due to undergo surgery this afternoon.
Police do not have a confirmed identification of the offender, and an armed offenders squad search has been stood down.
Long said police believe the shooting was a "deliberate, one-off incident" and there was no concerns for the safety of the public.
"Inquiries to date suggest the person responsible may be an associate of someone known to the victim, but at this stage we are not able to confirm that person's identity or establish any connection to the victim," he said.
No firearm has been uncovered yet, and police were unsure of the type of firearm used in the incident.
Shaun Brown, 16, was at a neighbouring flat when the shooting happened, but said he did not hear a thing.
The first he knew of the incident was when he looked out his window and saw police standing on the man's balcony.
He saw the victim being taken down the steps from his flat by St John paramedics.
"He was holding his tummy. There was blood everywhere."
Brown had met the victim a few times, and said he "seems pretty nice".
Another nearby resident, who did not want to be named, said she returned home to find police everywhere.
"I hate living next to this s... I've got two young kids. It's usually all right around here, but they busted a P lab [across the road] a couple of months ago,'' she said.
"It's just scary when someone's been shot just a few houses down from where you live. It makes me not want to live in this area, but I don't have much of a choice."
A police spokesman said the victim was conscious and had been treated by ambulance staff.
Canterbury district commander Superintendent Gary Knowles said the offender was believed to have left the area on foot.
Police were appealing for any information from members of the public who may have seen activity in the area of the shooting, at the Linwood end of Armagh St about 11am.