Police continue search for Stanmore Bay’s mystery “shooters”

Photo, Nicole Jayne‎

Police are seeking the public’s help with information about a group who appeared to be firing a rifle in Stanmore Bay early on Monday, August 19.

Waitemata North Area commander, Inspector Mark Fergus says Police received a report from a concerned member of the public around 7am that morning. The person reported seeing a small group of people on Langton Road who appeared to be firing a rifle out towards the sea, and along the beach. There were no reports of people being fired at.

Police swiftly responded but upon arrival the group had left in the direction of Kauri Road.

“From the description provided by the witness, the rifle was likely an air-rifle, but Police cannot discount that a small calibre firearm was used,” Inspector Fergus says.

Police say the enquiry is ongoing and they want to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time or has any information about those involved.

A white van with roof racks was parked in the carpark at the time, and left before Police arrived. The driver may be able to provide another witness account, and Police are asking the driver to contact them.

Police want to reassure the community and ensure people feel safe, so patrols will continue through the location as enquiries are made.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Orewa Police on 426 4555 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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