Man charged with weapon possession over gang-related shooting in Napier

The scene of the Taradale incident.
The scene of the Taradale incident. Photo credit: Screengrab / Facebook

A 25-year-old man has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon following a suspected gang shooting in Taradale, Napier on Sunday.

He is due to appear in the Hastings District Court on Wednesday. 

Police confirmed that one person was injured in Sunday's altercation, which took place on Gloucester Street near the local McDonald's and shopping centre.

The Taradale gunfire followed a firearms incident in Ruatoria on Saturday.

Police confirmed both incidents appear to relate to ongoing tensions between Mongrel Mob and Black Power.

An increased police presence remains in both areas.

"Police are taking these incidents extremely seriously and the safety and wellbeing of the community is our priority," Eastern District Commander Superintendent Tania Kura said in a statement.

"No one deserves violence in their community and we are determined, with the support of the community, to hold those responsible to account."

A 49-year-old man has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in relation to the suspected gang shootout in Ruatoria. He appeared in Gisborne District Court on Monday.

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