A man has appeared in court over his alleged involvement in a gang altercation saw shots fired close to a children’s playground and busy market.
Daniel Tere McMeeking, 27, appeared via audio visual link before Judge Phillip Cooper in the Rotorua District Court on Monday morning.
No plea was entered and he was remanded in custody ahead of a second court appearance on May 11.
He faces four charges in total; discharging a firearm, possession of a firearm, behaving in a disorderly manner and possession of cannabis.
The charges stem from a gang altercation around 10am on Saturday April 22 at Rotorua’s Kuirau Park.
Police received multiple calls in the wake of the incident, including reports the gang fracas resulted in shots being fired.
This happened near a children’s playground in the middle of the Saturday morning market, while the area was teeming with shoppers.
A short time later, police located a vehicle with damage consistent with a shot being fired at it.
An examination of the scene confirmed to police that a firearm had been involved.
Detective Senior Sergeant John Wilson of the Bay of Plenty Police said Police take this type of offending very seriously and enquiries into this matter are ongoing.
He wanted to hear from anyone who witnessed it.
Police were also keen to obtain any mobile phone footage that may have been captured by witnesses.”
“It is only through sheer luck that no one was hurt, and police are determined to identify all those involved and hold them to account for their actions.”
Anyone with relevant information should contact the Rotorua Police Station on 07 348 0099 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.