9 Nov 2010

School caretaker shot with slug gun

6:00 pm on 9 November 2010

Police are trying to work out if the slug-gun shooting of a caretaker outside a Palmerston North primary school is linked to other attacks in the city.

They say Terrace End School in Ruahine St called them to report that the 25-year-old caretaker had been shot in the arm while working by the road outside at about midday on Tuesday.

The school was immediately put under a lockdown but the area was later declared safe and the lockdown lifted.

Police say it is most likely the shot came from a slug gun fired from a stationary or moving car. They are asking the driver of a grey ute seen in the area to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Gary Milligan says police do not know if the shooting is connected to a series of drive-by slug gun attacks in the city in September.

He says officers have spoken to residents in the area, and their next step is to talk to the caretaker to work out whether the shooting was random.

The caretaker was treated in hospital and discharged.