17 Oct 2013

New Caledonia shooting suspect still in detention

10:35 am on 17 October 2013

Police in New Caledonia have extended the detention of a 25-year-old man accused of shooting four people in Noumea on Tuesday.

Michel Apikaoua wounded the four after he fetched a rifle at the end of a night of drinking.

The public prosecutor says the man is disputing charges that he planned to kill the victims.

One of the injured is reportedly in a coma.

The incident has revived the debate about excessive drinking in the territory and the recent relaxation of New Caledonia's firearm laws.