Mohaka shooting not gang-related

The death of a man in a shooting incident at Mohaka earlier this month was not gang-related, police say.

The 29-year-old was shot at close range at a property in the Mohaka settlement on the night of June 18.

He died in Wairoa Hospital later that night.

Police launched a homicide inquiry last Wednesday.

“We are still talking to people in Mohaka, Raupunga and Wairoa in relation to the incident,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Kevin Ford.

The deceased, whose name has not yet been released by police, was buried on Monday.

“The site of the homicide was cleansed by a local kaumatua on Friday,” Det Sr Sgt Ford said.

“We are continuing to liaise with the deceased man’s family and offer them support.

“We are still investigating and working through all the information.

“The incident is not gang-related.”

A number of detectives and other police from Wairoa, Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay have been working on the investigation.

“They have been focusing on an event that occurred the night of the shooting and on the days leading up to it.”

Police still want to hear from anyone in the Mohaka area who may know something about the incident.

Hawke’s Bay Today last week reported the man was born and bred in the Mohaka area.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call police on 06 831 0700 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The death of a man in a shooting incident at Mohaka earlier this month was not gang-related, police say.

The 29-year-old was shot at close range at a property in the Mohaka settlement on the night of June 18.

He died in Wairoa Hospital later that night.

Police launched a homicide inquiry last Wednesday.

“We are still talking to people in Mohaka, Raupunga and Wairoa in relation to the incident,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Kevin Ford.

The deceased, whose name has not yet been released by police, was buried on Monday.

“The site of the homicide was cleansed by a local kaumatua on Friday,” Det Sr Sgt Ford said.

“We are continuing to liaise with the deceased man’s family and offer them support.

“We are still investigating and working through all the information.

“The incident is not gang-related.”

A number of detectives and other police from Wairoa, Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay have been working on the investigation.

“They have been focusing on an event that occurred the night of the shooting and on the days leading up to it.”

Police still want to hear from anyone in the Mohaka area who may know something about the incident.

Hawke’s Bay Today last week reported the man was born and bred in the Mohaka area.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call police on 06 831 0700 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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