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Police seek public’s help with shooting and robbery [update: missing girl found]

Police are asking the public to assist them with two incidents in the Hutt Valley on Sunday, and a missing persons report in Wadestown.

Shooting in Stokes Valley

Police are working to identify the person responsible for a shooting in Hanson Grove, Stokes Valley, at about 2:25am Sunday morning.

“The victim is in a stable condition and is very lucky this incident was not more serious,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch.

“He’s been speaking with us but we still need more information.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or anything suspicious earlier in the night, is urged to get in touch with Lower Hutt Police on 04 560 2600 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police also want to identify and speak with the occupants of a dark-coloured, late-model Mazda Axela hatchback seen leaving Hanson Grove at the time of the incident.

The investigation has not established any risk to the general public.

“This appears to be an isolated incident,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Leitch.

Robbery in Upper Hutt

Police are also investigating an unconnected incident: an aggravated robbery of the Queen Street Pharmacy in Upper Hutt on Sunday.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch says that man entered the store’s Andrews Lane entrance at 7.10pm and confronted the two employees with a large knife.

The man threatened the employees and demanded prescription medications.

After receiving a quantity of drugs he ran from the shop, back out on to Andrews Lane

He was last seen heading towards King Street.

Fortunately nobody was injured in the robbery but the pharmacy employees were understandably very frightened and shaken by the incident.

The offender is described as having olive skin and was around 1.7 to 1.8 metres tall (5’8” – 5’11”).

He was wearing a red jacket, dark pants, sneakers and black ski gloves.  He was also wearing a dark beanie, sunglasses and a white scarf across his face, and carrying a large kitchen-style knife with a blade approximately 25cm long.

Police are extremely concerned about the behaviour of this offender and want to hear from anyone that can help us identify and locate him.

If you think you may have seen this man in the Upper Hutt area around the time of the robbery, or you saw anything suspicious in the Queen Street/King Street area, please call Lower Hutt Police on 04 560 2600 as soon as possible.

Missing girl found

Police located a missing 14-year-old girl in Wadestown just before 6.00pm. Sergeant Matt Wheble thanked members of the public who assisted with information, and Search and Rescue, Community Patrols New Zealand and Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (AREC).

The girl was found safe and well and is currently being checked over by ambulance.