4 Jan 2021

Two hospitalised with gunshot wounds in Canterbury

11:44 am on 4 January 2021

Two men in the Canterbury town of Kaiapoi have been hospitalised with gunshot wounds early this morning.

Sign outside the emergency room of a hospital

(File image). Photo: 123RF

Police said both were shot in the arm; the first man sought assistance about 3.30am and is in a serious condition.

The second man was dropped off at the hospital a short time later, but was not seriously injured.

Two people who were with the second man are now in custody.

Police said those involved in the incident were believed to know each other, and there was no risk to the wider community.

Frontline police officers in Canterbury are now to be armed following the shooting.