Police investigate four shooting incidents in Christchurch

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Dec 10, 2022 |

Photo: Hammond Police Saturday night / Photo: Chris Lynch

Christchurch police are four incidents over the past two days where firearms have been discharged towards residential properties, including one believed to be mistakenly targeted. 

Police were called to properties on Hammond Place, Spreydon, and Gayhurst Road, Dallington, about 10.30pm on Friday; and Hammond Place, Spreydon, and Broadbent Street, Riccarton, yesterday between 10.30 and 11pm. 

Detective Senior Sergeant Damon Wells from Canterbury Metro Crime Squad said it has been established firearms were discharged towards properties in all cases. There were no injuries.

Police cordon on Friday night at Gayhurst Road, Dallington photo Chris Lynch

Police believe the incidents are connected and are working to establish the full circumstances of what has occurred.

“In one case, we believe a property has been wrongly targeted, as our inquiries have determined a connection with a nearby address. 

We would like to send a clear message to the people responsible for this behaviour – we won’t tolerate this level of violence in our communities.”

A resident on Hammond Place was getting into a car on Saturday night when she heard shots being fired next door.

She described it as ‘rapid fire’.

Another resident said she believed the incident was gang-related.

“A man who used to live down here with gang connections was trespassed from a property.

However, I’ve noticed his truck parked up on the street and he seems to bring trouble with him.

Watch: Police cordon off Hammond Place following shooting

Wells said “We are committed to finding these offenders and holding them to account by putting them before the courts. 

Anyone with information about any of the four incidents is urged to get in touch by calling 105 and quoting file number 221210/6364.

You can also share information anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111. 

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

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