Five men appeared in court after a police flight at Whanganui gang shops after a member of Mongrel Mob was shot in the street.
The five all have temporary name suppression and remain in custody.
Kevin "Kastro" Ratana, 27, was killed last Tuesday morning in a Puriri St, Whanganui, in an attack that was thought to be the brain of rival Black Power gangs.
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They confirmed on Tuesday that eight men had been arrested in connection with the murder investigation and were facing charges, including the threat of killing, unlawful possession of ammunition and participation in an organized crime group. The police say that more costs are likely.
At the court of Whanganui on Tuesday five of the men appeared in different ways.
The first man to appear was accused of participating in an organized criminal group, unlawfully in possession of a pistol on August 26 and a crowbar in a public place.
The second man was accused of being unlawfully in possession of a bandolier – a beaded belt for holding ammunition – with five 12-gauge shotgun rounds. He was also accused of possessing a cannabis plant.
Two men were accused of participating in an organized criminal group and threatened to assassinate Kevin Ratana on August 21 and threatened to kill another man.
A fifth man was accused of participating in an organized criminal group.
After the fifth man was taken to the courthouse cells, a loud thump was heard.
Family members of the men who appear before the court were in the public gallery.
All five men were held in custody and will reappear in September or October.
Away from the court, Detective Ross McKay said, while the murder investigation went on, the police expected to make further accusations.
On Monday, the police cordons blocked the road in Matipo St, Castlecliff, two blocks from the house where Ratana was murdered.
The group of armed robbers was on the spot and the police went in and out of three houses on the street.
A house has a Black Power flag from the roof and Black Power members were seen on the street while watching the police.
Hundreds of gang members of Mongrel Mob have been swept into the city for Ratana's burial in a marae north of Whanganui on Monday.