Police ponder charges over shooting

SIOBAHN DOWNES
Last updated 13:25 26/12/2013

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Police are to determine whether charges should be laid after a German tourist was accidentally shot in the chest while goat hunting in Gisborne.

The 23-year-old man had been transferred to Auckland Hospital and underwent surgery this morning, Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Scott said.

He was understood to be in a stable condition.

The tourist was hunting with friends in the Waihirere rural area when he was shot in the chest with a large calibre rifle.

Police had spoken with his two hunting companions, who were both local men, and were assessing the information, Scott said.

"In due course we will look at the investigation and determine whether it's appropriate to lay charges," he said.

"From initial assessment it would appear that the firearm has accidentally discharged and unfortunately the shot has hit our victim from a relatively short distance."

Police had spoken with the man's parents in Germany.

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