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More gunfire on Auckland streets, with five reported shootings on Tuesday evening

A house on Clayton Ave in Ōtara was shot up on Monday night.

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A house on Clayton Ave in Ōtara was shot up on Monday night.

Five more reported gunshot incidents have taken place on Auckland streets, less than 24 hours after homes in Northland and south Auckland were shot up.

Acting Inspector Terry Lee confirmed police had responded to five shooting-related incidents in the region on Tuesday evening.

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They were in Ōtara, Papatoetoe, Flat Bush, Papakura, and Te Atatū. The first four incidents happened between 6:40pm and 7:40pm, approximately. The incident in Te Atatū was reported around 9:20pm.

Lee said no-one had been injured in any of the incidents, but damage had been done to several houses.

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“Work is ongoing to determine exactly what has taken place and any potential links between the incidents themselves,” Lee said.

“Police will not tolerate activity which disrupts our communities and puts people at extreme risk.”

Lee said he wanted to reassure the community police took gun crimes very seriously and they would continue to hold offenders to account.

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Police Senior Sergeant Paddy Hannon explains which firearms are legal and which are prohibited under the new gun laws in New Zealand. (First published April 2019)

A police spokesperson earlier confirmed they had received reports just before 6.30pm of a gun being shot on Caspar Rd in Papatoetoe.

The spokesperson said police were also investigating a gun being shot on Bairds Rd in Ōtara, also on Tuesday evening.

Bairds Rd was cordoned off for some time following the incident and Auckland Transport said it was closed between Preston Rd and Ingram Crescent.

Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported houses and cars were shot up overnight in Kaikohe and South Auckland as gang tensions rose.

Police said they received reports of shots heard in the Kaikohe area around 4:25am on Tuesday, but no injuries were reported at the time.

Stuff understands a car load of gang members drove through residential areas in the north-east of the Northland township, shooting at a number of cars and houses in the area.

A number of houses were shot at in Northland’s Kaikohe earlier this week.

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A number of houses were shot at in Northland’s Kaikohe earlier this week.

It’s believed to be part of ongoing tensions between the Tribesmen and Killer Beez gangs, which have escalated in the past week and are linked to other conflict between the two groups in Auckland.

Shots were also fired at a house in Clayton Ave, Ōtara, on Monday evening, leaving the house with several broken windows.

On Sunday night a house on Phoenix Place in Papatoetoe was also peppered with bullets, with a neighbour describing the situation as a “nightmare”, while a shooting on Saturday evening in Red Hill allegedly left 44 bullet casings on a driveway.

Police announced in early May the launch of a six-month-long operation to crack down on gangs across the country, following the major shift in the gang landscape since the arrival of hundreds of hardened criminals from Australia.

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