Police are looking for Whanganui properties after gang shooting; # Number of people & # 39; in custody



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The police have deposed Matipo St in Whanganui because houses are being searched in connection with a gang shooting.

The police have taken "a number of people" into custody, while the investigation into a killed member of the Mongrel Mob started.

Kevin "Kastro" Ratana, 27, was killed in a Puriri St, Whanganui during a shooting last Tuesday morning, presumably an assault by rival Black Power gang members.

On Monday evening, the police confirmed that "a number of people" were arrested and taken into custody and that charges could be imposed.

Police cordons were on Monday blocking the road in Matipo St, Castlecliff, which is two blocks away from the house where Ratana was killed.

Whanganui Mongrel Mob member Kevin Ratana was shot last Tuesday and killed in a Whanganui house.

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Whanganui Mongrel Mob member Kevin Ratana was shot last Tuesday and killed in a Whanganui house.

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The police confirmed that the searches related to the shooting and said that various properties were searched throughout Whanganui.

Detective inspector Ross McKay said that some of those in custody were expected to be released on bail while others would not do so because "possible charges are confirmed".

"The police have also recovered a number of firearms, firearms and ammunition today," McKay said.

"The Whanganui community can expect that an increasing number of armed police, investigative personnel and the Eagle helicopter will continue to operate in the area while we are working on the investigation.

"The most important search area today was next to a local primary school and the police used the opportunity to visit primary school with the Eagle helicopter and talk to the students there to provide reassurance."

The group of armed offenders was earlier on the scene on Monday and the police went in and out of two houses on the street.

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Hundreds of mourners gather in the Parikino marae and urupā, north of Whanganui, to kill killing member Kevin "Kastro" Ratana.

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 Mongrel Mob gang members flew into the city for Ratana's burial in a marae north of Whanganui.

Gang members gather in Whanganui in Parikino marae for the funeral of killed Mongrel Mob member Kevin "Kastro" Ratana.

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Gang members gather in Whanganui in Parikino marae for the funeral of killed Mongrel Mob member Kevin "Kastro" Ratana.

Inspector Mark Harrison said there could be tension in the city at night and that gang members were reinforcing their properties and covering fences so people could not see what their property was.

"We know from experience that there is gang-gang violence, there is always a time of gangs building or protecting themselves, so it is not out of the normal range and it is part of the reason that we have additional resources in the city. "

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Inspector Mark Harrison's press conference in Whanganui

Harrison said the police had no information to suggest that anything was going to happen, but the police helicopter was in town and it could reach an area in the city within 30 seconds.

"If something happens, we can respond."

McKay said last week that both Ratana and the group that carried out the attack were "known" to the police.

McKay believed that more than one person was involved in the shooting.

Extra police were called in from Manawatū and Whanganui to help in the search and secure the scene while forensic evidence was collected.

Mourning people gather at Parikino urupā until farewell Mongrel Mob member Kevin "Kastro" Ratana.

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Mourning people gather at Parikino urupā until farewell Mongrel Mob member Kevin "Kastro" Ratana.

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