Shooting leaves 1 critical in Papakura, Auckland

Source: 1News

A person is in critical condition after a shooting in Auckland's Papakura on Friday afternoon.

Police at scene of Papakura shooting.

Police were called to Great South Rd after the incident shortly before 1pm.

The injured person has been taken to Middlemore Hospital by St John.

"Motorists and the public are asked to avoid the area as there are cordons in place," police said in a statement.

An eye witness told 1News a man was shot outside the Papakura Court House and the shooter then ran to the nearby Stampede Steak House.

"I was just driving past and I saw a person lying outside Papakura courthouse injured. So I turned back around to see if he was okay and by the time I turned around and parked up the ambulance was already there," he said.

"Police cordoned off the courthouse and parts of Great South Rd and Stampede - a local bar and grill - so maybe a shooting, and they [police] were looking for two suspects."

A 1News reporter at the scene says police are currently interviewing people inside the cordoned off steak house.

Some Papakura locals told 1News the shooting was just the latest incident in the area and they were worried it would only get worse.

"It actually makes me want to leave Papakura, which is sad, because I've spent most of my life here," one said.

"It's getting out of hand, it's ridiculous," another said.

"The courts are too soft on them [the offenders]. It'll get worse, until someone gets killed. Then it's a bit late."

It comes amid a spate of gang related shootings in Auckland recently.

On Friday police also put out a release outlining how 19 people have been arrested over nearly two weeks as part of a police crackdown on gang activity across Auckland.

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They are linked to the Killer Beez and Tribesmen gangs and have been charged with 25 offences relating to firearms and drugs.