Palmerston North police say a scene examination has given a clearer picture of what happened the morning a Feilding farmer was shot dead in his driveway.
Scott Guy, 31, was found dead by a member of the public at his Aorangi Rd property on the outskirts of Feilding on Thursday morning.
A post-mortem examination showed he died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Detective Inspector Sue Schwalger told a news conference he got up early to milk cows on the morning he died.
She says he drove his ute to the end of his driveway, stopped it, got out and walked to the front of the vehicle, where he was shot.
The shotgun involved has not been found.
Although she would not go into detail about Mr Guy's injuries or the scene examination, Detective Inspector Schwalger says the killing was a deliberate attack and someone in the community will have valuable information.
Parents say not knowing why is worst thing
The parents of a Feilding farmer shot to death in his driveway say the worst part of their ordeal is not knowing why someone would hurt their son.
His parents, Bryan and Jo Guy, held each others' hands at a media conference in Palmerston North on Monday afternoon, describing the killing as gut-wrenching.
They say their son's pregnant wife, Kylee Guy, is devastated, and struggling to explain his death to her two-year-old son.
Mr Guy's neighbours say they won't feel safe until his killer, or killers, have been caught.
Residents in the close-knit community say they are shocked and appalled by the killing and district councillor Steve Gibson, who is also a police officer, says the death is a tragedy for the whole community.
Mr Guy's funeral is scheduled to be held on Friday.