Air guns linked to 2 investigations
Air-powered weapons were involved in two incidents in Timaru over the weekend, although police will not say if they are connected.
An intoxicated man reported being shot in the backside on Aynsley St after an altercation on Saturday night.
The man reported he had "mooned" another group and then been shot, police said.
Details were sketchy as the complainant had trouble recalling the incident, but he had been taken to hospital with a slug embedded 10 centimetres into his buttocks.
Acting police sergeant Peter Valentine asked for information from the public.
"For all we know it could have happened anywhere; he can't recall anything. The story he's given us is that there has been an altercation in the street; he's pulled his pants down and thought they might have thrown something at him.
"He's claiming he must have been shot."
In the second incident a cat was shot and wounded in the Marchwiel area, also on Saturday night.
Mr Valentine said he wasn't sure what type of weapon or ammunition was used in either incident.
"It could be slugs; there's hundreds of thousands of air rifles out there; it may be connected but we're not drawing conclusions."
He suggested an air pistol or air rifle could have been used.
"If anyone has any information please contact police; it's a very dangerous matter when people are using air-powered weapons in public.
"The police do take it very seriously."
Mr Valentine said it had otherwise been a very quiet weekend.
Police had been called to a large brawl on Selwyn St about 10pm on Friday, but those involved had fled on foot. Mr Valentine said it was possibly gang-related and police were making inquiries.
- The Timaru Herald