A gang leader’s son is fighting for his life in a coma after surviving a double shooting in Christchurch, sparking fears of an all-out gang war.
Frontline officers have been given immediate arming orders after the son of Mongrel Mob Aotearoa president Joseph ‘Junior’ Wiringi was shot twice on Monday.
Fairmont Joseph Wiringi, also a member of the notorious New Zealand street gang, is in a critical condition in Christchurch Hospital after suffering from bullet wounds in his arm and torso.
Police were called to a Kaiapo property at around 3:30am on Monday morning
Fairmont Joseph Wiringi (pictured) is in a critical condition at Christchurch Hospital after being shot in the arm and torso on Monday
The Mongrel Mob Aotearoa Chapter (pictured) are a street gang in New Zealand
A second man who is a patched member of the Rebels Motorcycle Club, was also taken to Christchurch hospital at around 5am with a bullet wound in his arm.
In response to the double shooting, all frontline police staff have been issued an arming order effective Monday.
The decision was made after authorities were concerned the incident may spark future violence.
‘The general arming order is due to the heightened risk to staff as a result of the shooting this morning and the ongoing inquiries into that’, Acting Canterbury district commander Detective Superintendent Tom Fitzgerald told StuffNZ.
Mongrel Mob Aotearoa president Joseph ‘Junior’ Wiringi (pictured, left) is the father of Fairmont Joseph Wiringi
Fairmont Joseph Wiringi (pictured, left) is in a coma at Christchurch Hospital after suffering serious injuries after a double shooting at a Kaiapo property
‘Until all those responsible are located, staff will be armed for the next 24 hours.’
Officers were looking for people who could be armed, and there were ‘increased tensions’ between those involved, he said.
Police cordoned off part of Whitefield and Aldersgate streets in Kaiapoi and part of Whitefield and Aldersgate streets in Kaiapoi on Monday as they investigated the double shooting.
An unnamed Whitefield St resident said she was asleep when the sound of police dogs barking woke her up in the early hours of the morning.
“I put my head outside my bedroom window, and they (police) were screaming at me to come outside because at this point they had no idea what had happened – they didn’t know whether there was someone in the house or not, and they were screaming at me to get out’, she told StuffNZ.
She went outside while police went into her home to further investigate.
Police cordoned off part of Whitefield and Aldersgate streets in Kaiapoi after the double shooting of Fairmont Joseph Wiringi (pictured, left)
“I had no idea what was going on, they were just all there standing with guns.”
Despite have never seen Wiringi before, the resident described the ordeal as ‘frightening’.
The double shooting follows a string of unlinked violent incidents in the greater Christchurch area over the last week which saw four men charged with the murder of a Christchurch man on New Year’s Eve.