Man shot himself 'accidentally'

ALASTAIR PAULIN
Last updated 15:26 27/12/2013
Motueka shooting
MARTIN DE RUYTER/Fairfax NZ

ON WATCH: police guard Motueka property where a man was shot in the early hours of Boxing Day.

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The 23-year-old Motueka man who was shot in the stomach early yesterday has told police that he shot himself accidentally.

He was seriously injured in the 4am shooting and was in surgery yesterday. Nelson police interviewed him  today in hospital, where he is recovering.

He told police that the .22 rifle he was shot with was his. He was not licensed to own the rifle and will be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

A police spokeswoman said she did not know the circumstances of how the man came to shoot himself. Contrary to what neighbours had reported, she was unaware of fighting prior to the shooting.

Police said they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the shooting.

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