2 May 2018

South Auckland homicide victim named

7:48 pm on 2 May 2018

Police have named the man who was found dead in South Auckland yesterday as Abraham Tuuheava.

Abraham Tuuheava from Manurewa, he was also known as Epalahame Tuuheava or "Hame".

Abraham Tuuheava from Manurewa, he was also known as Epalahame Tuuheava or "Hame". Photo: Facebook

Police were called to Greenwood Road in Mangere about 6am after a member of the public found a man dead alongside a woman with serious gunshot wounds.

Police said it was not a random incident and they were looking to identify two men believed to be involved.

The victim is Abraham Tuuheava, 28, from Manurewa, also known as Epalahame Tuuheava or 'Hame'.

He was shot more than once, with one bullet hitting him in the head, police said today.

The woman, 25, remained in Auckland Hospital in a serious but stable condition and was recovering following surgery for multiple gunshot wounds.

Detective Inspector Tofilau Faa Vaaelua said police were still piecing together the circumstances of what happened and were carrying out a forensic analysis of the victim's car which was at the scene.

"Police are looking for two Tongan male offenders, one believed to be older than the other, in relation to this incident, one is also taller than the other and was described as having a slightly hunched back."

It was not a random attack, he said.

"They're not random shooters or anything like that, we believe there is something a lot more sinister with the offenders," Mr Va'aelua said.

"The way they've shot and killed a victim, the way they've injured the other victim, we believe there is a lot more to it."

Anyone who had any information about the shooting or who might have been involved should contact police, Mr Faa Vaaelua said.

"We want to hear from anyone who may have seen Mr Tuuheava's silver 2017 Toyota Camry on Greenwood Road anytime before 6am yesterday."

"We believe it's only a matter of time before the offenders are caught and we are appealing to the males involved to hand themselves in to police," he said.