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Court appearance after Rotorua shooting

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/04/2017
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In a sequel to the gang shooting in Rotorua's crowded Kuirau Park on Saturday a local man now faces firearms, disorder and drugs charges.

Daniel Tere McMeeking, 27, appeared in Rotorua District Court on Monday.

He is jointly charged, with other people unknown, that he discharged a .22-calibre firearm with reckless disregard for the safety of others.

He is also jointly charged, with people unknown, that he had that firearm in a public place.

Police have also charged him with behaving in a disorderly manner in a public place and possessing cannabis.

He wasn't asked to plead to any of the charges when he appeared via audio visual link before Judge Phillip Cooper who remanded him in custody for a further appearance on May 11.

He was represented by a duty solicitor but the judge gave McMcMeeking's own lawyer the right to apply for bail before the defendant's next appearance.

The shooting occurred close to a playground and a weekly Rotary-organised market in the geothermally active park which borders the fringes of Rotorua's CBD.

No one was hit but police say that was only by sheer luck.

Inquires are continuing and it's anticipated further arrests will be made.

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