Woman in stable condition after Auckland shooting

Woman in stable condition after Auckland shooting

Police are still on the hunt for a man they say shot a woman in a central Auckland hotel room.

They arrived at the Auckland Harbour Oaks this morning to find a woman with a gunshot wound to her leg.

It was a rude awakening this morning for staff and residents at the central city hotel – a woman shot in the leg and her attacker on the run.

"On arrival into one of the apartments we've found a female in a distressed state receiving first-aid from staff here," says Senior Sergeant Matt Knowsley. "She's been taken through to hospital for treatment."

Officers say the 29-year-old victim and the gunman are thought to be of Maori or Polynesian descent. Both are known to each other, and to police.

Investigators are now looking through CCTV footage, including movement in corridors and lifts.

"There were other people in the apartment that are of interest to us, and we are at the moment trying to locate them to speak to them," says Snr Sgt Knowsley.

The 392-room complex houses both long- and short-term residents. Police say they're unsure exactly what sparked this morning's shooting, and why the victim was at the hotel.

Hotel management say the shooting was an isolated attack. It's now reassuring both residents and staff the complex is safe and that support is on hand.

But that is little comfort for some long-term residents.

The woman remains in a stable condition at Auckland Hospital.

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