A pistol was fired in broad daylight near a busy Hamilton mall. Video / 01carmel..valasquez
Videos of gunfire near the busy Hamilton mall in broad daylight have surfaced.
The incident, which is believed to have involved members of a rival gang, took place yesterday around 5.30pm near Bader Street stores in Melville.
Footage taken from a passing vehicle and loaded into TikTok shows a group of people standing near the Bader Bargain Center and a child passing by.
Then there is a loud bang and a visible explosion of firearms near several men, one in a red bandana, taking evasive measures.
The camera then goes straight to another person who seems to be holding a gun.
The woman who filmed the incident says “faster” before the car accelerates.
The owner of the local business told the Herald he heard the blast but did not realize it was a shot.
He said the incidents were of great concern.
“Our family works in our store. Sometimes my kids work there, so it’s worrying.”
Asked if gangs were a problem in the neighborhood, he replied: “I think it’s like any area of New Zealand. Over the years, it has improved.”
Kiwi Fresh grocery store owner Arun Chadha also heard a loud bang while serving customers, but thought a car had been beaten in the parking lot.
“My God. It’s definitely a terrible incident. It’s not very good for customers or store owners.”
Police said they were investigating an incident involving two groups of people, which resulted in the release of firearms in Hamilton at about 5.30pm.
No one was hurt.
“Police are investigating the report and will conduct an investigation to determine the location of those involved.”
Police were unable to confirm whether gang members were involved.
Earlier this year, the Herald reported that recently published police data show that New Zealand was cover up with weaponswhile the war veterans face about 10 firearms across the country every day.
The outbreak of gun violence has been accused of fueling gang tensions and organized crime.