14-Year-Old Shot at While Surfing New Zealand Spot 'Rife' With Localism

Jason Lock

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Updated 801d ago

A 14-year-old surfer was shot at in New Zealand at a west coast break rife with localism, it's claimed.

The man had been surfing an isolated spot off the Taharoa coast on the North Island with his son and a friend of 20 plus years. According to Stuff, NZ's local media, police are saying it's a band of angry locals who want to rule that area by any means possible.

To make matters worse, this isn't the first time shots have been fired at that spot, a fisherman was also taken a pop at recently. Surfers had nabbed a couple of skits to get them into the lineup when a bullet hit the water around 3-to-4 metres from the 14-year-old.

Ōtorohanga police Sergeant Andy Connors said: “It is extremely dangerous and if you put yourself in the 14-year-old boy's shoes, extremely frightening.” He said three shots in total were fired.

"The second one sounded a lot closer and the third one landed in the water adjacent to where they were. You'd be fearing the worst and petrified what's going to happen in the next few minutes." The victims said there were a couple of men acting aggressively on the shore, hurling abuse at the locals. Police are still investigating the incident.

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