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South Auckland shooting: Neighbor describes fear as the sound of gunshots in Clendon Park

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The incident happened shortly before 4:30 a.m., police, and involved a home on Palmers Rd. Photo / Jason Oxenham

A woman has described a terrifying ordeal after several gunshots rang out near her home in the early hours of this morning.

Police have launched an investigation after shots were reportedly fired at a house in the suburb of Clendon Park, near Manurewa and Weymouth, in South Auckland.

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The incident happened shortly before 4:30 a.m. and involved a house on Palmers Rd, police said.

A resident nearby told the Herald that she was still in shock several hours later.

“I’m still shaken by what happened. Everything I’ve heard [was] what sounded like seven to nine gunshots around 4:20 this morning.

“A minute or so later I heard the gunshot-like sounds. Then I heard the helicopter flying over us in Weymouth.”

The woman was already awake when she heard the sound, but was initially confused as to what it was.

‘The shots were heard so clearly and so loudly’

“When I heard the shots, I thought maybe they were just young people setting off fireworks at that time in the morning. But when I heard the helicopter, I got the feeling it was more than just fireworks,” she said.

“I was afraid… fight or flight started for me. The shots were heard so clearly and so loud.”

Police received reports of a house being shelled early this morning on Palmers Rd in Clendon Park, South Auckland.  Photo / Jason Oxenham
Police received reports of a house being shelled early this morning on Palmers Rd in Clendon Park, South Auckland. Photo / Jason Oxenham

The woman said she was concerned for her family’s safety and quickly called relatives in the area to keep safe and stay indoors.

A police spokesman said: “Around 4:20 a.m., shots were reportedly fired at an address in Palmers Rd by violators leaving the scene in a vehicle.”

A spokesperson said there were people in the house at the time.

Fortunately, no one was injured, police said.

Authorities are now making inquiries and are calling on anyone with information to contact County Manukau Police on (09) 261 1321 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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