'Hysterical screaming': Person shot dead, armed police cordon off Auckland street

Publish Date
Sun, 23 May 2021, 9:49AM
Police have cordoned off Beatty St in Otahuhu. Photo / Hayden Woodward
Police have cordoned off Beatty St in Otahuhu. Photo / Hayden Woodward

'Hysterical screaming': Person shot dead, armed police cordon off Auckland street

Publish Date
Sun, 23 May 2021, 9:49AM

Neighbours heard "hysterical screaming" and gunshots and police have launched a homicide inquiry after a person was killed on an Auckland street early today.

Armed police are guarding cordons on Beatty St, Ōtāhuhu, and a gazebo is covering the person's body outside a house.

"We are speaking to witnesses and conducting a scene examination today. Beatty St remains cordoned off," Acting Detective Inspector Warrick Adkin, of the Counties Manukau CIB, said.

"Residents in the area can expect to see a continued police presence as we work to understand the circumstances and ensure the community's safety."

Police were called to the scene about 2.15am. One person received critical injuries and died at the scene, Adkin said.

"My family lives across from the house in question. They heard gunshots in the night, hysterical screaming and this morning there is a body on the lawn with a sheet over it," a NZ Herald reader said.

A person at the scene said there were two cordons at either end of the street, and another cordon inside that.

Five armed police officers were guarding parts of the scene and a specialist police search group had erected a gazebo.

A longtime resident of Beatty St, Rod Shaw, said police were focused on a house on the northern side of the street at the Baldwin St end.

"I have seen a detective car come down the street. It could be forensics," he said.

Shaw said he did not hear a thing during the night, saying as a resident of 49 years there had been few problems in the street.

The shooting comes amid a night of violence in Auckland.

Two people were taken to hospital with critical and serious injuries after two separate violent incidents overnight in the Auckland CBD.

A person was assaulted on Customs St West about 11.45pm, and taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Around 3.15am, police were called after a fight broke out on Wyndham St. There are unconfirmed reports of a person having their head stomped on.

"One person was taken to hospital with critical injuries. Police are following lines of inquiry," a police spokeswoman said.

Police said in March there had been a spike in violence in the central city - some provoked and some gang-related. Hotspots included the Viaduct, around Fort St and Karangahape Rd.

Inspector Scott Gemmell said at the time a lot of it was "fuelled by alcohol".