Police have confirmed a weapon was involved in a Rangiora homicide in which one of two brothers died last night.
Detective Inspector Dave Long would not be drawn on what the weapon was, nor what the injuries inflicted on the two men were, however, he confirmed it was responsible for the fatal wounds on the deceased, who is in his 50s.
He said police were "keeping an open mind" over the motive behind the killing.
"It's been a very serious incident. We don't know if it was a random attack as such or whether someone went there for a specific reason or purpose."
It did not appear the group involved in the altercation in the driveway was invited to the address.
"Don't believe so," he said.
"We don't have any information that would lead us to know who went to the address."
A post mortem would be carried out tomorrow after which the name of the deceased would be formally released.
The altercation was in the driveway and continued in the doorway of the house.
The man died after police arrived.
A third man who lived with the two brothers was not there at the time.
Long would make no comment as to whether it was drug-related.
OFFENDERS STILL AT LARGE
A silver Subaru station wagon seen driving erratically away from the North Canterbury town. It had not been reported stolen.
The second man was taken to Christchurch Hospital where he was treated overnight.
A Subaru station wagon was seen driving erratically on Lineside Road at 9.45pm. The vehicle travelled south on the Northern Motorway before it was abandoned near the Ohoka Road off ramp.
A photograph of the Subaru will be released later today.
Police have confirmed the offenders are still at large.
"We haven't located anyone responsible for this," Detective Inspector Dave Long said.
"What the circumstances and background to this are, we don't know."
Police are yet to formally identify the deceased.
However, Fairfax Media has learned he is one of two brothers who lived at the White St flat. Both are thought to be in their late 40s or early 50s.
Police launched a homicide investigation after emergency services were called to the address at 9.23pm last night.
The body of the deceased brother is still at the scene while a police examination continues.
The other brother was hospitalised with moderate injuries, but has been discharged today. Long said he was now with police.
"He's been through a traumatic experience," he said.
Long would not be drawn on the injuries sustained by either of the two men, nor if any weapons were used or recovered.
Gary Taylor's house backs on to the crime scene. He said two brothers and another man lived at the flat where he believed the killing happened.
NEIGHBOURS HEARD 'ANGRY YELLING'
He heard a lot of "angry yelling" coming from the property about 9.30pm.
"I heard a couple of people yelling - I don't know what they were saying. A little while later I heard quite a few doors slamming."
He thought nothing of it and was shocked to wake to a crime scene outside his house this morning.
"It's terrible. I just hope it's no one I know. You don't like anyone being killed."
Taylor described one of the brothers living at the flat as quite "fiery".
"He's a nice enough guy, but just doesn't step back."
Taylor said he knew who the man who died. His older brother was in hospital, he said.
He described the dead man, aged about 50, as "pretty laid back".
"He was a pretty gentle man," Taylor said.
"[However] if you were to confront him about something he wouldn't step back."
Taylor said the dead man was meant to help him fix his car today.
He went round to his house yesterday and he was happy.
"Him and his brother went past in their car and tooted and waved and now he's dead."
Another neighbour described the men living at the flat as "quite intimidating".
A neighbour, who would not be named, said she heard a lot of yelling about the time of the killing, too.
"I thought there was going to be a party...
"I didn't really pay much attention. I thought I'd go inside and lock my doors."
A short time later police began to arrive.
A relative of the men said she had heard about the homicide investigation on the radio and wondered if the brothers may be linked.
She had little contact with the two men, but said their mother used to live with them, however she was now in full-time care.
A section of White Street will remain closed this morning while police conduct a scene examination.
Another neighbour said, "It's a bit unusual for around here".
Anyone who has any information on the vehicle or homicide is asked to contact the Christchurch police on 033637806 or can provide information anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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