Two men arrested over Mangere Bridge shooting

Two men have been arrested on firearms and wounding charges over the Mangere Bridge shooting on February 17.

Emergency services were called after shots were fired near the Old Mangere Bridge causeway, leaving one in a serious condition and another with moderate facial injuries.

A 28-year-old man will appear in the Manukau District Court on Tuesday afternoon, while a 25-year-old man will appear in court at a later date.

Counties Manukau West Acting Area Commander Inspector Jarred Pirett says police have been committed to finding the alleged offenders and holding them to account.

"This was a senseless act of violence that caused significant harm to the victim and his family and caused alarm in the community," he says.

"Our priority is to ensure that our community feels safe and we are committed to making Counties Manukau a safer place by working with our partners and the wider community."

The community has erupted in anger after the shooting, with residents at a packed public meeting saying more needs to be done to keep them safe.

At the event on February 19, people spoke of illegal drinking, constant noise, and disorder at all times of the day and night. Someone even said shotgun cartridges have littered the esplanade.

"Nobody responds. They get pissed off when you ring and it's just a complete waste of time," one resident told Newshub.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff admitted not enough had been done to help the suburb struggling with unruly behaviour.

"When it gravitates from a problem of noise and illegal drinking to a situation where there was a shooting here, we know the situation has gone far too far," he told the crowd of hundreds.

Mr Goff said he wanted police to build on their relationship with the public.

Police say they've increased their presence and prevention activities over the past 18 months, and will continue to increase visibility and patrols in the area.


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