"You're always going to get pieces of shit wherever you are…"
A twenty-three-year-old New Zealand man has been arrested in the carpark shooting of an Australian surfer a dozen or so clicks out of Raglan, the country’s most celebrated wave.
The surfer, Sean McKinnon, who was thirty-three and from Port Campbell in Victoria, home to one of Australia’s best big waves, was in a camper-van with his girl, Bianca Buckley, early on Friday morning when a man demanded the keys to the van.
Sean got shot.
Gunman drove off with the mortally wounded Mckinnon still in the back.
His partner, described as being “very shocked and distressed”, managed to escape the gunman and alerted the police.
“At approximately 3:20am, police were notified that an offender had approached a van and shots were fired,” Detective Inspector Graham Pitkethley said.
At approximately 8:00am this morning, police located the van with the man’s body inside.”
Police said they found the van with the body inside some 80 kilometres away.
“Inquiries indicate that this was a random attack,” Detective Inspector Pitkethley said.
The suspected gunman was arrested after police raided a property at Tauhei on the outskirts of Hamilton late on Friday night.
He appeared in Hamilton District Court this morning charged with murder, aggravated robbery, threatening to kill and driving disqualified.
His identity was suppressed and he was remanded in custody to face another hearing in the country’s High Court on August 27.
I did a little ring-around pals in Raglan, population five thousand or so, and as, one said, “The police said it’s a local guy to the region so it’ll be interesting to see who it is. You wouldn’t imagine this happening here but then, you’re always going to get pieces of shit wherever you are. And there’s shitloads of people in campers around here. Pretty spooky for ’em.”
On Facebook, the Victorian surfer Glen Casey, another man noted for his love of big cold-water waves, wrote, “Seany you showed us how to live life to the fullest and charge as hard as anyone on the big days.! You touched us all with your kind heart and beautiful mind. See you on the other side dear friend.”