Police find firearm after Invercargill shooting

Police have found a firearm after a shooting in Invercargill on Saturday morning.

The 52-year-old victim was walking on Kelvin St at around 9am when he was shot in his lower leg. He was taken to Invercargill Hospital where he underwent surgery and is now in a stable condition. Police are still looking for the shooter.

After the incident, cordons were put in place and the armed offenders squad (AOS) was called in. Police conducted a scene examination and found the firearm believed to have been used.

The relationship between the victim and the offender has not yet been established.

A woman in the area said she saw an injured man in the area around 9:20am, but did not realise it could be shooting-related.

"As I drove to work there was a man on the footpath who was lying flat as if he had slipped on ice and had a back injury," she told Newshub. "Lots of people crowding him and an ambulance came flying past me.

"It was right opposite the park on the corner of Thames St. Didn't think it was a shooting till I saw the Facebook post."

While police are still actively looking for the offender, they say there's not thought to be any risk to the public at this time.

Anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything that could assist police is asked to call the Southern District Command Centre on (03) 471 5002.


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