A 23-year-old man allegedly shot a mother and daughter before driving about 70 kilometres and robbing a Canterbury pub at gunpoint.
The man was arrested after armed police swooped on a property on Pacific Dr in Rakaia Huts, south of Leeston, about 7am on Thursday.
Police launched a manhunt after the women were shot at a rural home on Newtons Rd near Rolleston, west of Christchurch, about 9.30pm on Wednesday.
The pair, who knew their attacker, were taken to Christchurch Hospital by St John. One had serious injuries, while the other had moderate injuries.
About two hours later a man walked into Hotel Ashburton and fired a shot before fleeing with cash.
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Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Ford said the man had been charged with injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and aggravated robbery in connection with the two incidents. He would appear in Christchurch District Court on Thursday afternoon.
Police earlier said several properties would be examined as their investigation into the incidents continued. Police were seen searching a car across the road from the Pacific Dr property on Thursday morning.
Family of the injured women declined to comment.
Late on Thursday morning, a Canterbury District Health Board spokeswoman said one of the victims remained in a serious condition, while the other was stable.
Sergeant Richard Carolan said the scene would be examined by specialists on Thursday.
A local driving in the area on Wednesday night said she was stopped and searched by police driving down Newtons Rd near the intersection with Weedons Ross Rd.
“They just asked if I had anyone in the car with me, then asked if they could check my boot.”
She was then told not to come back for an hour or so.
SPATE OF ARMED ROBBERIES
Wednesday night’s armed robbery at the Ashburton Hotel was the seventh pub heist this year.
In each case, a man armed with a shotgun entered the bar shortly before closing and demanded cash.
Police previously said they believed the first six robberies, which were unsolved, were likely linked. They’ve not said whether the arrested man is a suspect.
– January 18: Tavern Harewood robbed by man with sawn-off shotgun.
– March 10: Tavern Harewood robbed for a second time.
– March 15: Brickworks Bar and Restaurant employee forced to the floor by a man who pointed a shotgun at his head.
– March 24: Cash stolen in robbery of Trevino’s Restaurant and Bar.
– March 30: Gunman blasts his way through door at Brickworks Bar and Restaurant.
– April 6: Gunman fires two shots into the air during Springston Hotel robbery.
– April 19: Gunman fires a shot into the air during Hotel Ashburton robbery.