An eyewitness records a frightening moment when a gun was fired in Swanson, west Auckland. Video / Supplied

A passerby captured the frightening moment when a gunshot rang out in broad daylight in a public space in West Auckland.

It comes as police arrested a second person in connection with the shooting in Swanson, Tupu Lane, after 4:20 p.m. on Sunday.

Waitematā Crime Squad Detective Senior Sergeant Nick Salter said a 19-year-old man has been charged with using a gun in a public place.

Police also located a starter pistol at an address in Swanson where the man was arrested, Salter said.

He was scheduled to appear in Waitākere District Court on Friday July 23.

Earlier, a woman driving a Suzuki Swift was arrested in connection with the shooting, but no charges were laid against her.

Police at the scene where a woman was arrested in connection with the Swanson shooting.  Photo / Hayden Woodward
Police at the scene where a woman was arrested in connection with the Swanson shooting. Photo / Hayden Woodward

Police said they could not rule out further arrests as part of their investigation.

The video shows a black Landrover stopping on a main road before stopping for a few seconds at the same time as the sound of a gunshot was heard.

A passing motorist, who declined to be named, said he had just finished shopping with his partner when he saw a fight break out with up to 15 people gathered by the side of the road.

There were also around four cars surrounding the group, the man said.

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He continued to drive but a few moments later returned to the scene and started filming.

“I just had the commotion over… it looked like someone in the car had fired the shot, you hear it and then see a little puff of smoke before the Landrover took off,” said the ‘man.

“It was crazy … in general it’s a pretty cool place.”

A shopkeeper at a local grocery store said there were numerous police officers in the area near the junction of Bahari Dr and Swanson Rd.

Police learned that a gun had been unloaded in the area.

“No injuries were reported,” a spokeswoman said on Sunday.

Police, with the Eagle helicopter overhead, carried out investigations in the area last night, she said.

Shortly before 6 p.m., a cordon was put in place on Swanson Rd halfway between Swanson and Ranui.

A member of the public on social media said armed police were in the area and told him not to enter any part of Swanson Rd due to a shooting nearby.

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Source: www.nzherald.co.nz
This notice was published: 2021-07-18 22:07:03

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