National Newswatch

Police in New Zealand say a Canadian woman is “shocked and distressed” after her Australian fiance was murdered in an apparently random attack.

Insp. Graham Pitkethley says New Zealand Police are providing the woman with the support she needs after what he called a “tragic incident.”

A manhunt is underway after an Australian tourist was found dead in his van near the village of Gordonton, in the country’s North Island, Friday morning.

Police say the man and his partner had been sleeping inside the van at a scenic spot near the coastal town of Raglan when a suspect approached the vehicle just after 3 a.m. Friday.

Pitkethley says the suspect fired a number of shots into the van, injuring the Australian tourist. The woman managed to escape and run away, and she called police.

The Canadian Press
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