Homicide investigation in Rangitikei after fatal shooting

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A man has died after being shot in Rangitikei, and a homicide investigation has been launched.

Detective Inspector Craig Sheridan said police were called to Makohine Lane in the small Rangitikei township of Ōhingaiti, near State Highway 1, just before 3:30am on Sunday.

They were told a man had been shot.

"He was transported to Whanganui Hospital in a critical condition, where he later died," Sheridan said.

Officers were following "strong lines of inquiry", and would be speaking to a number of people as well as working at several addresses in the area, he said.

Police also announced today that a separate homicide investigation is underway elsewhere in the Manawatū Region after a man was fatally shot about 7:30pm on Saturday in Palmerston North.