'It's not safe': Two shootings in two months at Hutt Valley cul-de-sac

Hanson Gr, Stokes Valley has now had two recent shootings. This one was in October and there was a second on Saturday night.
MONIQUE FORD/STUFFHanson Gr, Stokes Valley has now had two recent shootings. This one was in October and there was a second on Saturday night.

A man was shot on Hanson Gr, Stokes Valley on Saturday night and taken to hospital in an ambulance with “non-life threatening” injuries, police said.

Police were first informed of the gunfight at 11.56pm. Soon after, they received multiple calls about gunshots going off throughout the valley. But police believed the gunshot sounds were actually fireworks being let off. 

A man in the area, who Stuff has agreed not to name, said he left the area because “it’s not safe”.

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Police at Hanson Gr, Stokes Valley, after an October drive-by shooting.
MONIQUE FORD/STUFFPolice at Hanson Gr, Stokes Valley, after an October drive-by shooting.

“Police are there because gang members from both sides are starting to gather in numbers,” he said. “Police are in the middle.”

He said there were “lots of families in the area”, and many felt unsafe. 

Police said they would maintain a strong presence in the Stokes Valley area while investigations continued. They are seeking witnesses to contact the Lower Hutt police. 

In early October another man was shot in a drive-by shooting in the same Stokes Valley cul-de-sac. The man was lucky his injuries weren’t more-serious, police said.

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