Man shot in butt getting ready for funeral
A Linwood man shot at close range at his home had been preparing to go to a funeral when he was attacked.
Police said yesterday they were "on the right track" to finding the shooter involved in the incident, which they believe was drug-related, at an Armagh St flat just after 11am on Friday.
A friend of the victim said the 55-year-old was in an induced coma in Christchurch Hospital and had undergone at least two operations after the shooting.
He was in a critical but stable condition yesterday.
"As long as he gets better, that's the main thing. He lost a lot of blood. I really feel sorry for him."
The pair had known each other for about 20 years and had been "hanging out" the night before the shooting.
"It was shocking to hear it [had happened]," the friend said.
"He's a real stand-up guy. You know where you stand with him. He's got solid ideas on friendship and what that entails."
The victim was a keen motorcyclist who went out riding every Sunday and had been a talented rugby league player in his youth.
"He's pretty young at heart."
The pair were to attend the funeral of a mutual friend on the afternoon of the shooting.
"No one deserves that kind of s... to happen to them. He can be a bit prickly sometimes . . . but I could think of no reason why anyone would do that."
The friend did not know who the shooter was.
Detective Senior Sergeant Darryl Sweeney said the attack was not a random one.
Police were following positive lines of inquiry and were "on the right path" to finding the shooter, he said.
The "circle of people" being looked at were known to police.
"It's a nasty attack. These things do not happen at random."
Despite there being a "drug element" to the incident, it was not the "forefront part" of the inquiry, Sweeney said.
"It's a very serious shooting and we are taking it seriously. The man's very lucky to be alive."
A forensic examination of the property was completed on Sunday.
Police remained at the house yesterday to assist the victim's family and help clean up.
Several "items of interest" had been recovered by the forensic team, but police had not yet located the firearm used in the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Christchurch police on 03 363 7400, or to provide information anonymously, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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