Upper Hutt gunman's identity to be revealed

  • 09/09/2015
Police at the scene yesterday (RadioLIVE)
Police at the scene yesterday (RadioLIVE)

The identity of the gunman who opened fire in an Upper Hutt fast food restaurant before being fatally shot in an armed stand-off with police is expected to be revealed today.

The young man, believed to be in his 20s, told a store attendant who was attempting to talk him down that he was trying to get into the army, but was rejected because of his police record.

Aside from that exchange, not much is known about why the man took a high-powered rifle into a McDonald's and fired a single shot, leading to much of the Upper Hutt business district being put into lockdown.

Witnesses say he was incoherently screaming as he paced back and forth on the corner of Main and Wakefield Streets.

No one else was hurt during the opening skirmish inside the McDonald's or later when the gunman shot at the police dog that accompanied the uniformed officers who eventually shot and killed him.

Police say most of the man's next of kin have been informed of his death.