Police are seeking witnesses after a man was shot in the face with an air pistol on the side of the road on his way home from a New Year's festival.
The 20-year-old man was driving back to Auckland's North Shore from Gisborne's Rhythm and Vines festival when he stopped the car in a rest area because one of his passengers was feeling unwell.
He was standing beside the vehicle when a male in a passing car pointed an air pistol out the window of a dark-coloured SUV and shot the victim's car, then fired again, hitting him in the face.
The pellet became lodged in the tissue just beneath his eye.
The offender was heard to laugh as they continued driving off, police said.
The person who shot the air gun is described as a white male with light or ginger hair.
The incident happened when the group was travelling along State Highway 2 from Gisborne to Opotiki through the Waioeka Gorge yesterday afternoon.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or saw similar behaviour around this time and location is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Steven Pivac at the North Shore Police on 09 477 5000.
Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- Fairfax Media