Tongan community leader calls on those responsible to do the right thing

Do the right thing.

That is the message being sent to two men thought to be involved in an incident that left a 28-year-old man dead and a woman seriously injured with gunshot wounds.

Police continue to hunt those responsible after a homicide investigation was launched when the victims were found on a rural road in Mangere yesterday morning.

Authorities quickly said they did not believe the shooting was random and were looking for two Tongan men.

Tongan community leader Melino Maka is strongly urging those involved to come forward.

"I think they should contact someone they trust - a family member or a church minister - because we need to get to the bottom of this and find out what's wrong,'' he told Newstalk ZB.

"While they're running, the other family is grieving the loss of their loved one."

Maka said he was surprised police had chosen to identify the hunted men as Tongan, but if that was true, he called on them to do the right thing.

"I strongly recommend that they contact someone they trust and hand themselves in."

The woman was taken to Auckland City Hospital with serious injuries.


Photo source Police. Caption: Police are appealing for sightings of the victims' car in the Greenwood Rd area.