Man allegedly shot a mother and daughter before gunpoint robbery of Canterbury pub video

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Two women remain in hospital after a shooting near Rolleston while the alleged shooter was arrested at the Rakaia Huts, 40 kilometres away.

A 23-year-old man who allegedly shot two women before holding up a Canterbury pub is a suspect in a spate of similar gunpoint robberies.

The man, who has name suppression, was arrested after armed police swooped on a property on Pacific Dr in Rakaia Huts, south of Leeston, about 7am on Thursday.

Police launched a manhunt after a mother and daughter were shot at a rural home on Newtons Rd, near Rolleston, west of Christchurch, about 9.30pm on Wednesday.

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A man has been taken into custody after two women suffered gunshot wounds near the Canterbury town of Rolleston.

The pair, who knew their attacker, were taken to Christchurch Hospital by ambulance. One had serious injuries, while the other had moderate injuries. Both were in stable conditions. 

About two hours later, at 11.20pm, a man allegedly walked into Hotel Ashburton and fired a shot before fleeing with cash.

Police said four or five people were in the hotel at the time. No-one was injured.

Police apprehended a man at a Pacific Dr property in Rakaia Huts about 8am on Thursday.
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Police apprehended a man at a Pacific Dr property in Rakaia Huts about 8am on Thursday.

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The 23-year-old appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Thursday afternoon. He made no plea and was remanded in custody to May 11. 

He is charged with wounding the two women with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and aggravated robbery of the Ashburton Hotel with a pump-action shotgun. 

Armed police swooped on a property in Rakaia Huts near Southbridge on Thursday morning, after a shooting near Rolleston ...
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Armed police swooped on a property in Rakaia Huts near Southbridge on Thursday morning, after a shooting near Rolleston on Wednesday night.

Defence counsel Helen Coutts sought name suppression for the man so he could tell his family of his arrest. She wanted an opportunity "to explore mental health issues".

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The suppression would remain in place until his next court appearance. 

Police said several properties would be examined as their investigation continued. Investigators were seen searching a car across the road from the Pacific Dr property on Thursday morning.

The Newtons Rd property where two women were shot on Wednesday night.
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The Newtons Rd property where two women were shot on Wednesday night.

Family of the injured women declined to comment.

Wednesday's armed robbery at Hotel Ashburton was the seventh pub heist in Canterbury this year. 

In each case, a man armed with a shotgun entered the bar shortly before closing and demanded cash. 

An Armed Offenders Squad member marshals members of the public on Maddisons Rd by Wild Rd near Rolleston.
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An Armed Offenders Squad member marshals members of the public on Maddisons Rd by Wild Rd near Rolleston.

Police previously said they believed the first six robberies were likely linked. 

On Thursday, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Ford said police were investigating whether the 23-year-old man was involved.

Hotel Ashburton owner Peter Whittaker was unsure when the hotel bar, Turf Bar, would reopen. Police were still there on Thursday afternoon. 

Police talk to a motorist by the intersection of Weedons Ross and Maddisons roads near Rolleston on Wednesday night ...
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Police talk to a motorist by the intersection of Weedons Ross and Maddisons roads near Rolleston on Wednesday night after a shooting nearby.

Whittaker said staff working at the time of the robbery were recovering from the ordeal.

"They are a wee bit traumatised," he said.

TIMELINE

- January 18: Tavern Harewood robbed by man with sawn-off shotgun.

- March 10: Tavern Harewood robbed for a second time.

- March 15: Brickworks Bar and Restaurant employee forced to the floor by a man who pointed a shotgun at his head.

- March 24: Cash stolen in robbery of Trevino's Restaurant and Bar.

- March 30: Gunman blasts his way through door at Brickworks Bar and Restaurant.

- April 6: Gunman fires two shots into the air during Springston Hotel robbery.

- April 19: Gunman fires a shot into the air during Hotel Ashburton robbery.

 

 - Stuff

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