17 Jun 2016

Police hunt for man who shot teenager

10:29 am on 17 June 2016

A 14-year-old has been shot in Hamilton, prompting police to call out the armed offenders squad to find the shooter.

A police officer at a alcohol check point.

(file photo) Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

The male teen was not seriously injured, but he was receiving medical attention.

Police were at Norrie Street in Hamilton, where the shots were fired about 8.30pm.

A local resident, Jason, said he heard the shots from his home nearby.

"Yeah, we just heard what sounded like gunshots, loud banging noises. It was quite quickly together and probably multiple, probably in the vicinity of three or four, by the sounds."

Police cordoned off the street at its intersection with Peacockes Road, and were looking for a man in a white car.

It was the second shooting on Norrie Street in the last week after a man was shot in the thigh there early last Saturday.

Police said they would look into whether the two shootings were connected, but "were not drawing links" between the two incidents.

The address where the shooting occurred was guarded overnight and police were also working to clear another address in a different neighbourhood late last night.

Police said they do not believe there was any danger to the public.