Two men arrested after shooting of Tongan man in Māngere Bridge

Two men have been arrested after a shooting incident in south Auckland which left one man in a serious condition and another with moderate facial injuries

One of the injured men has been confirmed to be Tongan, Mēsake Piula Mataele.

His father Liti Matele told Kaniva news Mēsake was still receiving medical treatment in hospital.

The arrest came following an investigation into the shooting in Mangere Bridge on 17 February, 2019.

A 28-year-old man will appear in the Manukau District Court on Tuesday afternoon, while a 25-year-old man will appear in court at a later date.

Inspector Jarred Pirett says Police have been committed to finding the alleged offenders responsible and holding them to account.

“This was a senseless act of violence that caused significant harm to the victim and his family and caused alarm in the community.

“I want to thank the members of the public who came forward with information which helped us identify those allegedly responsible.

“Our priority is to ensure that our community feels safe and we are committed to making Counties Manukau a safer place by working with our partners and the wider community.”

The 28-year-old male has been charged with Wounding with a Firearm and will be appearing in the Manukau District Court this afternoon.

The 25-year-old male will be appearing in court at a later date to face charges relating to possession of ammunition and being an accessory after the fact.

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