'There was too much blood': Drive-by shooting victim recounts horror

Author
Sarah Harris, NZ Herald,
Section
National,
Publish Date
Friday, 6 October 2017, 12:00PM
Levaula Amosa was one of three young men hit by shotgun pellets in Otara last night. (Photo \ NZ Herald)
Levaula Amosa was one of three young men hit by shotgun pellets in Otara last night. (Photo \ NZ Herald)

Levaula Amosa is burning with anger after he and his two young friends were fired at with a shotgun in Otara last night.

Amosa was walking near his home with his friends Daniel Brown, 16, and Peleti Faalafi, 14, when they were challenged to a fight.

A car containing three men pulled up next to them.

"They wanted to fight us. They were swearing at us. They asked me for a fight."

Amosa initially agreed to the fight and said he'd meet the driver at the dairy. But then the boys continued on their way home.

The car pulled up next to them again.

"They came back and pulled the gun out. I thought it was a fake. That's why I didn't run."

Amosa approached the car and that's when one of the men started shooting.

The three boys were shocked and didn't have time to react. After the shots rang out the car sped off and the victims ran home.

The boys were bleeding. Daniel had bloody wounds from the shotgun bullet sprayed across his cheek and neck.

Peleti had similar wounds over his arm. Amosa had a small injury to a finger.

The whole family had vacated the house to avoid further trouble. Amosa said he has seven cousins who live there and the youngest is just a baby.

"There was too much blood... I love those boys. It breaks my heart seeing them like that.

"It makes me scared for my family. I'm scared they [the offenders] might come to the house."

Amosa hoped police would catch the men. He wants the offenders to know that they "shouldn't bring a gun to a fistfight".

He said the car occupants were Tongan and from the 36 and Killerbee gangs.

Amosa, who is Samoan, said there was rivalry between Samoans and Tongans in the area.

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