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Northland cops arrest six after Head Hunters, Black Power shootings


Northland police have arrested six people after tit-for-tat shootings linked to tensions between the Head Hunters and Black Power.

Meanwhile, a top detective has revealed gang leaders have been unwilling to cooperate with efforts to deescalate tensions between the warring gangs.

Officers and detectives swooped on several houses in Whangārei on Thursday, arresting four Black Power members or associates and two associates of the Head Hunters.

They also seized a shotgun, ammunition and a small quantity of unspecified drugs.

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Five of those arrested face drugs or firearms charges while the sixth was given a pre-charge warning.

Shortly after midday on December 7, someone is alleged to have fired several shots at the home of the prominent Head Hunter in Mahana Place, Raumanga.

The second shooting happened on Sunday, also about midday, in Smeaton Drive, also in Raumanga.

Black Power is believed to be behind the shooting of a prominent Head Hunter’s home in Mahana Place, Whangārei. (File photo)

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Black Power is believed to be behind the shooting of a prominent Head Hunter’s home in Mahana Place, Whangārei. (File photo)

The tit-for-tat shootings are believed to have been the result of a Black Power member “taxing” a car from the relative of a prominent Head Hunter.

In response, a person linked to the Head Hunters attacked and kidnapped a member of Black Power, it is understood.

Detective Senior Sergeant Kevan Verry said the shootings could have ended in tragedy.

Members of the Head Hunters, pictured at a funeral in Auckalnd (file photo).

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Members of the Head Hunters, pictured at a funeral in Auckalnd (file photo).

“Fortunately no one was harmed in these incidents but it could’ve been much worse. These offenders have shown they have no regard for the safety of their community by their willingness to use firearms in public.

“We understand tensions remain high between these gangs and we have tried to engage with senior gang leaders, however we have been very disappointed by their lack of engagement and unwillingness to take responsibility for deescalating the tensions between these gangs, which is putting the wider public at risk.”



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