Two shootings in two months at Hutt Valley street

Police outside the scene of Saturday night's shooting in Hanson Gr, Stokes Valley.
Ross GiblinPolice outside the scene of Saturday night’s shooting in Hanson Gr, Stokes Valley.

A Hutt Valley street  has now had two shootings in two months.

A  39-year-old 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 gun fire 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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The shot out windows of a car in Hanson Gr, Stokes Valley, the scene of a shooting on Saturday night.
Ross GiblinThe shot out windows of a car in Hanson Gr, Stokes Valley, the scene of a shooting on Saturday night.

“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. 

Two sisters who live just doors from the scene said there had been noise from the house during the day including a lot of shouting and swearing then a couple of shots.

“I heard a lady saying someone was on the doorstep bleeding.”

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 street. The man was lucky his injuries weren’t more-serious, police said. 

Police said the shootings were not related.

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.
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.

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