Gunman's identity known to police
Police say they know the identity of a gunman who shot a 50-year-old man in the leg in Palmerston North.
And they said they were making "every effort" to find him.
The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Senior Sergeant Simon Harrison, said they had this afternoon completed a scene examination of the Duncan Pl house in Highbury where the shooting took place.
Police had also interviewed the victim and his elderly father, who had a shotgun pointed at his head before his son tackled the gunman to the ground.
The son was then shot in the leg as he made his way into his house with his father.
The injured man was taken to Palmerston North Hospital about 10.40pm last night.
He was in a stable condition in a ward this morning and was due to undergo surgery.
“We are continuing to interview witnesses and make area inquiries and every effort is being made to locate the offender whose identity is known to police," Harrison said.
The father, who did not wish to be named, told the Manawatu Standard he and his son were watching rugby when a laser-like reflection outside caught his eye and he went to investigate.
He then saw a man pouring something over his son's car.
In the next instant, he looked up and the man was pointing what looked like a sawn-off shotgun at his head from about a metre away, he said.
His son came out of the house and tackled the gunman, telling his father to go back inside and call police.
His son was shot as he returned to the house.
Neighbours came to the pair's aid, and later said they saw the offender running from the scene.
The father said he didn't know his son's assailant, but said he was wearing a red bandanna.
SHOOTING WAS 'FRIGHTENING'
A female neighbour to the house where the shooting occurred said the injured man was a long-time resident and had lived in the house for more than 20 years.
"It's the first time we've seen this happen, but it comes, in part, with living in Highbury.
"It was quite frightening. I was getting ready for bed and I heard this almighty bang and then I saw a guy running away. "
The shooter, described by another neighbour as a Pacific Islander wearing a hooded sweatshirt, shorts and no shoes, allegedly ran down an alleyway.