Jealousy prompts 'horrific' attack

Last updated 14:07 22/02/2013
GUNMAN: Daniel McNeil.
Matamata fatal shooting
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Lockdown: The house near Matamata where a man was left critically injured after being shot late Thursday night.

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A jealous man shot his rival in the face and stomach after he found him with his ex-girlfriend at a Matamata house.

The 20-year-old victim remains in critical condition in Waikato Hospital's intensive care unit after undergoing surgery this morning for a gunshot wounds to his abdomen and  face, which a hospital spokesperson described as ''horrific''. He underwent surgery about 5am.

The Waikato Times understands 21-year-old Matamata man Daniel McNeill shot the man at the victim's  Mowbray Rd farmhouse north of Matamata about 11.15pm with a rifle. Mr McNeill's body was later found at a Tower Rd property.

Police are not seeking anyone else in connection with the shootings and would not comment on a possible motive or whether the men involved knew each other.

Waikato field crime manager Detective Inspector Karl Thornton earlier said police were called to the Mowbray Rd address shortly after 11pm.

"A woman had rung 111 to report that her 20-year-old boyfriend had been shot by an offender, who then fled the property in a utility vehicle.

"Police secured the scene to allow ambulance staff to treat the victim, who was then airlifted to Waikato Hospital."

Police, including the Armed Offenders Squad, searched a number of properties before finding the dead man.

"About 3.20am, officers located a deceased male at a Tower Rd, Matamata, address.

"The 21 year old had suffered a gunshot wound and police do not believe his death is suspicious."

Neighbours of the Mowbray Rd farmhouse declined to speak to media this morning and a security guard was at the gate of the property,  about 1.5km east of Waharoa.

Sandie Davis, a chef at Workman's Cafe in Matamata, was shocked by the shooting. ''It's the crime that you hear of in the big city, not little old Matamata,'' she said.

Matamata Clay Target Gun Club president Graham Payze said he was ''definitely'' surprised by the shooting.

Mr Payze said McNeill had attended the club at the same time as Mr Payze's children and performed well in the Matamata College shooting team.

''He wasn't the sort of kid you'd expect something like this from ... anything can happen when there's a woman involved I guess.''

He said the club would be helping those involved as best it could. 

Do you know anything about what happened or the people involved? Email or phone 07 849 9666.

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