Police have named the victim of a shooting in Lower Hutt.
Alonsio Iafeta Matalasi, 25, known as Sio, was shot dead on Jackson Street in Petone on Thursday.
He was shot and killed during what was believed to have been a gang fight between two factions of the Mongrel Mob in the Lower Hutt suburb at around 10.30am.
Through police today, Matalasi's family said Matalasi did not have any gang affiliations.
He had lived at the Jackson St flats in Petone.
Police were today conducting a scene examination at the flats, and of a vehicle and a property in Newlands. This would take several days.
A 43-year-old man appeared in the Hutt Valley District Court this morning on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and burglary, and has been remanded in custody.
He suffered "serious" machete wounds in the skirmish, police said.
Police believe he was set upon by associates of the shooting victim with a cricket bat and a machete.
Eighteen-year-old Dillin Pakai appeared in the Wellington District Court yesterday, charged with unlawful possession of a homemade pistol and burglary of a flat where the man was shot.
Pakai, who has Mongrel Mob tattoos on his face, did not plead to the charges. He was remanded in custody for a week.
Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Thornton said police were not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.
"I continue to reassure the community that they should feel just as safe as they did before this incident occurred.''
"The two men connected with this incident have been arrested by police and put before the courts."
The cry "you're going to die, dog", was heard during the gang clash where Matalasi was shot and killed and another was hacked with a machete.
Police were called to Jackson St, Petone, about 10.30pm on Thursday, after residents reported hearing several gunshots.
The two men were arrested about 1 1/2 hours after the fight at a Black Rock Rd home in Newlands.
Jackson St residents said they heard shouts before the gunshots.
"I heard yelling outside, then a voice saying 'You're gonna die, dog'," a woman said.
About six shots were then heard, sounding like wood clapping or firecrackers.
Another neighbour said he heard four shots in quick succession, followed by two more a couple of seconds later.
Police could not confirm how many shots were fired or how many gunshot wounds the dead man had. Early reports indicated he had been shot once in the abdomen.
The pair's stolen getaway car sustained damage to its windscreen and punctured tyres. It was likely the fleeing car would have been driven on its rims, police said.
It isn't yet clear if any charges will be laid in relation to the wounding, or the damage to the car.
The stabbed man called for ambulance assistance following the shooting, and was picked up at the Newlands address where the pair were holed up.
The incident marked the second violent death in Petone this year.
In January, Sean Verma, 30, a patched Mongrel Mob member, died in the stairwell of the Altair flats, about 300 metres away in East St. His partner, Jessica Lee Keefe, was later charged with murder.
Detectives would spend the weekend examining the crime scene and the property in Newlands, and would await autopsy results, Detective Inspector Sean Hansen said.
Additional information was sought in relation to the getaway car, which was reported stolen from Tawa on Thursday night, Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Thornton said.
"We are interested in hearing from anyone who saw a red 1994 Nissan Lucino, registration GKU810, which has travelled from the Hutt Valley to Newlands.
"Police have recovered the vehicle and one of the tyres is down to the rim, so it is likely people would have seen it sparking on the road."
Kamal Chandra, complex manager of the Jackson St apartments where the shooting occurred, said he heard the sound of breaking glass and what sounded like firecrackers, before police arrived and tried to save the man.
Chandra said gang members lived in and around the complex, but there had not been much trouble lately.
"There are only problems when outsiders come in."
The dead man was friends with Mongrel Mob members and was "respected" by them, he said.
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