Shots put racers, residents at risk – Police

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Police are investigating a series of incidents where vehicles were shot at on Raynes Rd, in an area frequented for years by boy racers.

The most recent incident occurred on Friday, July 17, when “multiple moving vehicles were shot at throughout the night,” Police said in a statement.

They believed the latest incident was linked to two similar incidents which occurred in the same area on June 6 and 19.

No one was injured in any of the incidents, however multiple vehicles were damaged.

Steven Eketone earlier told Stuff he was driving towards Ohaupo Rd, heading home to Waingaro, when a “solid round 22” bullet came through the passenger door shortly about midnight on July 17.

“I heard a big bang, I knew it wasn’t a stone and then I thought it could have been a gun,” he said.

“[The bullet] came through the passenger door, in line with my leg, through the corner of my seat and bounced off a three-millimetre piece of plastic. It somehow bounced over me and ended up beside my driver’s door.”

Steve Eketone had a gun shot fired at his car while driving on Raynes road, near Hamilton, on Friday night, the shot went through his passengers door. [Photo: Stuff]

“This is extremely serious offending and the victims are very lucky to be unharmed,” said Detective Constable Tom Willis of Hamilton CIB.

“Additionally, there are many residential properties in the area and the offender has put the local residents at risk, due to the possibility of bullets ricocheting off of moving vehicles.

“We are absolutely committed to identifying those responsible and holding them to account.”

Police have been actively searching the area and speaking with local residents, and road policing staff will have a strong presence in the area over the weekend.

Anyone with information that can assist Police in their inquiries is encouraged to call 105 and quote file number 200624/1133.

Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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