WELLINGTON, New Zealand (TVNZ)―Police say there have been good leads into the shooting of a Wellington taxi driver who received a gunshot wound to the shoulder after driving a man and a woman to Mirimar (suburb of Wellington, New Zealand) on Saturday.
However police have no one in custody over the attack.
Alem, who is originally from Ethiopia, had his right shoulder was broken in two places where the bullet went through bone.
Detective senior sergeant Warwick McKee said the shooting was a “nasty, unwarranted attack”.
“We are fortunate that this is not a homicide investigation.”
The man pulled out a pistol and shot him when he refused to get out of the taxi, the driver, named Alem, originally from Ethiopia, told Radio NZ from his hospital bed.
“This attack was totally unprovoked and excessive. I am determined to resolve this investigation and establish who was responsible for this shooting.”
“We are making good progress to determine the identity of the occupants of the taxi and who shot the driver. I am appealing to the community to come forward and assist us.”
Police are still hunting for the two people after the incident on Saturday night.
“I don’t even care about the fare. I never asked them, but I do care why I be shot. Why?” Alam said.
Police are yet to release a description of the man and woman they are seeking over the shooting. They have been going through CCTV footage and examining the car.
They are also appealing for sightings of the white Capital Taxis Toyota Camry, and potentially the offenders, on Stone Street about 9pm.
The fare dispute escalated to a “staggering level of violence”, Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch says.
“This type of crime is unusual for Wellington and we want to reassure the community that police are focused on finding those responsible and recovering the weapon,” he said.
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