21 Sep 2016

Police name man found dead after Southland shooting

5:20 pm on 21 September 2016

Police have released the name of a man whose body was found at a house in the suburb of Otatara hours after a 50-year-old woman was shot and critically injured.

Kevin Johnston's death has been referred to the coroner.

The shooting occurred in the Dunns Rd area of Otatara, Invercargill

The shooting occurred in the Dunns Rd area of Otatara, Invercargill. Photo: Google Maps

Police said they were told about reports a person had been shot near a Four Square in the suburb of Otatara, about 6.30pm yesterday.

A police spokesperson confirmed a woman had been injured by a firearm.

The Armed Offenders Squad searched the area, and a staff member at a nearby cafe said residents in the area were told to stay inside and lock their doors.

After midnight police went into a house at Otatara Road and found a 29-year-old man dead.

Police have confirmed the man was related to the 50-year-old woman and said he was suspected to have suffered a self-inflicted injury.

The woman had been taken to Southland Hospital in a critical condition, with her condition now serious but stable.

Police said they are not looking for anybody else in relation to the shooting.

Four Square, Otatara, Invercargill

Police were alerted to reports a person had been shot near the Four Square in Otatara about 6.30pm yesterday. (file photo). Photo: Google Street View

The local school's website describes Otatara as a semi-rural area with a population of 3000 residents, about 5km west of Invercargill.