The hunt continues for the murderers of a 27-year-old man shot by gang members in Whanganui.
The police launched a murder investigation on Tuesday following an incident on Puriri St in the Tawhero suburb of Whanganui.
The man – who reportedly has links with the Mongrel Mob – protected children and other guests in the house when members of a rival gang appeared on Tuesday morning, said the man's mother.
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He was at home with the daughter and guests of the woman when members of another gang arrived at the house.
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"He told them to go in the back and hide and he saved them, he protected them, I love that boy – he protected them and then he went out and they shot him down," said the woman.
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On Wednesday morning, a spokeswoman for the police said that there had been no new developments.
Detective inspector Ross McKay said they believed more than one person had performed the shooting and left in a car.
"As the investigations are underway, and in response to this incident, the Whanganui community will notice an increased presence of the police." There is no direct cause for concern for the general public, "McKay said Tuesday.
A forensic team and researchers tried to summarize the details of how the shooting happened, including where it happened on the site, who was present and what type of weapons were used.
"We believe that the parties involved have ties or associations with gangs, but we are still in the initial stages of the investigation and can not comment on this at this stage," McKay said.
Extra officers have been brought in from Manawatū and Taranaki.
"We want the Whanganui community to feel comfortable that there is a strong police presence in the area [and police are] work hard to investigate this crime. "