Shooting latest in 'unprecedented' string of Auckland gun incidents

A shooting in south Auckland on Saturday is the latest gun incident in the area this year, with one resident describing the spike in violence as unprecedented.

Police were called to Dawson Rd in Clover Park on Saturday morning after one person, believed to be a woman, was seriously injured in a shooting.

A neighbour told Newshub that they heard the sound of two gunshots at around 7am, while another resident, who has lived near the scene for 20 years, described the violence over the last six months as unprecedented for the area.

In April, a homicide investigation was launched after a father-of-five was shot dead at Darnell Crescent. That's less than 2km from Saturday's incident.

Another man was shot dead in Mangere in March, while Killer Beez kingpin Josh Masters was shot and injured in Mt Wellington in April. 

In May, a young man was shot dead in Otara, and there were also two other non-fatal shootings in the area this year.

Although there is no suggestion these incidents are related, a public meeting was held in Mangere in May because residents were so worried about gun violence and gang tension.

Extra police are now on the streets and they're being supported by the National Organised Crime Group.

The local community board fears the violence will continue to escalate with the rise of Australian gangs here.

"There are other elements at play that are perhaps bigger than our local board in terms of the organised crime - the nature of what's going on - and possibly the influence of Australian gangs," said Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board chair Lotu Fuli.

There is no suggestion today's shooting is gang related. 

No word from police as to what happened on Dawson Rd on Saturday, but detectives are speaking to a number of people.