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'Extremely fortunate no one harmed': Seven shootings across Auckland overnight amid gang feud

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Police have responded to seven shooting incidents across Auckland overnight. 

They were in Ōtara, Papatoetoe, Flat Bush, Papakura, Te Atatū, Henderson and Mt Albert.  

The first four were between around 6:40pm and 7:40pm and the incident in Te Atatū was reported around 9:20pm on Tuesday evening. 

Acting Inspector Terry Lee said in a statement on Tuesday no one has been injured, however, several houses have been damaged. 

"Work is ongoing to determine exactly what has taken place and any potential links between the incidents themselves," he said.

"Police will not tolerate activity which disrupts our communities and puts people at extreme risk.

"We want to reassure the community we take firearms crime very seriously and will continue to work to hold offenders to account."

Two further shootings happened early on Wednesday morning, with one on a street in Mt Albert and the second on Rathgar Road in Henderson. 

The shootings are reported to be directly linked to a series of tit-for-tat attacks, and a feud between the Tribesmen and Killer Beez gangs.

Detective inspector Warrick Adkin said enquiries are ongoing into the shootings and if there are any potential links between the incidents.

"We want to reassure the community that we are treating these incidents very seriously and police staff are on the ground providing reassurance at each location," Adkin said. 

"It is extremely fortunate that no one has been harmed in these incidents and we know the community will be as disgusted as we are by this callous behaviour.

'Extremely fortunate no one harmed': Seven shootings across Auckland overnight amid gang feud
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"These offenders have shown blatant disregard for the safety of our communities by their indiscriminate and reckless use of firearms in public."

Adkin asked anyone who has information about the shootings to contact Crime Stoppers. 

"We ask people to call police immediately on 111 if they hear or see anything concerning in their neighbourhood," Adkin said. 

"The community’s information is crucial to our ongoing investigations and we encourage anyone who has information that may assist in our enquiries, to anonymously provide information through Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111."

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