Police identify man shot dead in Mangere as Tongan ‘Epalahame Tu’uheava

    Kuo tuku ange mai ‘e he kau Polisi’ e hingoa ‘o e tangata ne fana’i ‘o mate ‘i Mangere, ‘Aokalani, Nu’u Sila ‘aneafi Tūsite ko hono 1 ‘o Mee’. Ko e tangata ta’u 28 eni ko ‘Epalahame Tu’uheava ‘a ia ‘oku toe ‘iloa’aki pe ‘a e Abraham pe ko Hame nofo i Manurewa. Na’e fai hono sivi ‘e he kolona’ he ‘aho’ ni ‘a hono sino’. Na’e fana’i fakataha ‘a Hame mo ha fefine pea ‘oku lavea lahi ‘a e fefine ko ‘eni’ ‘o fakaakeake ‘i fale mahaki. ‘Oku mahino ki he Kaniva’ ko e fefine ko ‘eni ko Mele hono hingoa . 'Oku kei kumia 'e he kau Polisi' ha toko ua Tonga fekau'aki mo e tāmate ko 'eni'.

    The male victim, who was shot dead in Mangere on Tuesday morning May 1, has been identified as 28-year-old Abraham Tuuheava from Manurewa.

    Police said today he was shot at least once in the head.

    A woman was found lying next to the dead man had sustained serious injuries, including gunshot wounds.

    She remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition and is recovering after surgery for multiple gunshot wounds.

    The deceased was also known as Epalahame Tuuheava or “Hame”.

    Police could not confirm to news media that Tu’uheava’s death was gang-related.

    A post-mortem examination is being carried out today by the Coroner.

    Police were continuing to talk to the female victim, who was known to the deceased male, as part of their enquiries.

    Police want to hear from anyone who saw this vehicle on Greenwood Rd early on Tuesday morning

    Police were still piecing together the circumstances surrounding the incident and were in the process of carrying out a forensic analysis of the victims’ car which was located at the scene.

    Detective Inspector Tofilau Faa Vaaelua said Police were looking for two Tongan male offenders, one believed to be older than the other, in relation to this incident.

    One is also taller than the other and was described as having a slightly hunched back.

    “We believe this was an isolated incident and we also feel confident that through our enquiries will be able to uncover the identity of those responsible for this attack.”

    Police were also releasing a photo of the victims’ car, a silver 2017 Toyota Camry (pictured), in the hope that members of the public may have seen it as they drove past the vehicle on Greenwood Rd any time before 6am on Tuesday.

    “We want to hear from anyone who saw this vehicle on Greenwood Road early yesterday morning or who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area,” says Detective Inspector Vaaelua.

    “We believe it’s only a matter of time before the offenders are caught and we are appealing to the males involved to hand themselves in to Police.

    “We are also appealing to anyone in our community with information about this incident to do the right thing and contact Police.”

    For further information:

    Manukau Police search for two Tongan men after man found dead in Mangere

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