Police have launched a homicide investigation following the death of a 39-year-old man who was shot in Gisborne early on Sunday morning.
A 42-year-old Gisborne man will appear in the Gisborne District Court on Monday morning after being arrested by members of the Armed Offenders Squad shortly after the shooting.
Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Scott said that "at approximately 2.40am this morning the 42-year-old made demands before shooting one of the occupants and leaving the scene in a vehicle. He was apprehended at a separate address.''
Police, with the assistance of ESR forensic scientists, were searching three addresses and a vehicle believed to be connected to the shooting.
Scott said the firearm had not yet been located.
Police would like to hear from anyone with information regarding the firearm or the shooting to contact Gisborne Police.
Police Iwi Liaison and Victim Support staff are supporting the victim's family.