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Whangarei shooting victim a gang member

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/10/2016

A 37-year-old man shot dead in Whangarei was a patched Tribesmen gang member, police say.

John "John Boy" Henry Harris was brought to the Whangarei St John Ambulance station at about 6.40am on Tuesday in a critical condition and he died shortly after.

Police have now confirmed he died from a gunshot wound to the chest and say they believe the death was the result of an internal gang dispute over a vehicle.

"We believe it is a gang incident, but we believe it was an internal incident involving members of the Tribesmen Motorcycle Club," Detective Inspector Kevin Burke said.

"For that reason we do not believe there is any on-going risk to members of the public."

Det Insp Burke said the shooting was not connected to the killing of Moses Mahanga, who was found dead in a car in Otangarei this month.

Police are now asking for sightings of two Holden Commodores in the days before the shooting.

One, a black 2011 model was, found on fire in Lovell Road in Ruatangata at about noon on Tuesday.

The other, a red 2007 Holden, was towed from Hassard Street earlier in the day.

Police are also calling for witnesses to a gathering in the Whangarei or Kamo areas in the early hours of Tuesday.

"We have some persons of interest that we are currently seeking to locate," Det Insp Burke said.

"This is a complex investigation involving gang members and co-operation is not immediately at hand."

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