CCTV video shows suspicious activity on Auckland street before body found


CCTV video has revealed suspicious activity before police found a body in a downtown Auckland street.

The body was discovered in Parkfield Tce, Grafton, following a shooting ten minutes across town in the upmarket suburb of St Johns.

Police said they were called to St Johns Rd after residents heard shots and people screaming about 6am, before a vehicle fled to Parkfield Tce, where the body was found. They are still hunting for those involved.

GiGi Adult Department Store is on the corner of Parkfield Tce and Khyber Pass Rd, with a CCTV camera trained down the dead-end street.

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Video seen by Stuff reveals suspicious activity after the shooting on the usually sleepy inner-city street, near the motorway exit to Auckland City Hospital.

At 6.20am, a car pulls up on the side of the street the body was found and a person walks into a house.

Shortly after a man gets out of a car and crosses the road.

He appears to be in a state of some agitation and stumbles as he paces up and down the footpath, speaking on a mobile phone for several minutes.

The man is seen pacing up and down the street in a state of some agitation before police arrive and discover a body.

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The man is seen pacing up and down the street in a state of some agitation before police arrive and discover a body.

The man then walks back across the road and at least one other figure can be seen in the footage.

The figures are seen to become involved in some activity then a figure can be seen lying on the ground.

CCTV footage exclusively obtained by Stuff shows suspicious activity before a body is found in Parkfield Terrace and police coverage on the sleepy city street.

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CCTV footage exclusively obtained by Stuff shows suspicious activity before a body is found in Parkfield Terrace and police coverage on the sleepy city street.

GiGi owner Niko Zhang said he believed the footage shows them dragging the body out of the car.

About 6.40am several police cars and a St John vehicle converge on the street under flashing lights.

The man is seen on the street talking on the phone just minutes before police arrive.

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The man is seen on the street talking on the phone just minutes before police arrive.

Hours earlier, a car arrived at a similar spot in the street at 4.30am before leaving one minute later.

Parkfield Tce remains cordoned off and officers have put up a large tent marked “Specialist Search Group” where the body was seen under a white sheet by a witness around dawn.

Police closed St Johns Rd between Dorchester St and Ipswich Place, and armed officers with Bushmaster rifles had been stationed at either end of the cordoned-off section of road, where shots were heard.

The scene where the body was found in Parkfield Tce.

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The scene where the body was found in Parkfield Tce.

Detectives were out in force shortly after dawn in the leafy street.

Police said in a statement they were interviewing witnesses as they worked to understand what happened.

“While this incident will be unsettling for the community initial indication suggest the parties involved in the incident were known to each other.”

Armed police at the cordon where shots were heard in St Johns, Auckland, shortly before a body was discovered in the CBD.

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Armed police at the cordon where shots were heard in St Johns, Auckland, shortly before a body was discovered in the CBD.

Anyone who had any information was asked to call police on 105.

Zhang said police had told him “somebody had been hurt”.

Officers told him there was no risk to the public but refused to otherwise specify the nature of their enquiries, he said.

The incident was out of character for the sleepy street, he said.

It is understood the Armed Offenders Squad was not deployed to the incident.

A dog unit was at the scene but was not deployed as the rainy conditions would preclude its use for tracking.

A plain clothed officer guards a lane leading to the dead-end Parkfield Tce in Grafton.

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A plain clothed officer guards a lane leading to the dead-end Parkfield Tce in Grafton.

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