Thursday , September 16 2021

Dr. Rudi’s shooting: Broken glass, customers take cover at the Viaduct bar



A shooting that was open on Dr. Rudi on Sunday sent some customers seeking coverage at 2:45 p.m. Photo / Google

A witness said the glass fell and the punters were covered when the fight started and a gun was fired early Sunday at an Auckland bar.

Police said it was fortunate that no one was injured in the Viaduct Harbor restaurant district of the city at around 2.45am fighting Dr. Rudi.

There were about 10-15 people at Dr. Rudi’s entrance, a witness told Stuff.

“Then we heard a series of what looked like gun shots from the entrance.”

Witnesses told the media that some people walked around, but others took the cover, some hiding under the table.

“Then we heard the sound of cracked glass falling down the escalator.”

Dr. Rudi’s incident took place a fortnight after another nighttime firearm occurred at the Calendar Girls strip club in Auckland.  Photography / Hayden Woodward
Dr. Rudi’s incident took place a fortnight after another nighttime firearm occurred at the Calendar Girls strip club in Auckland. Photography / Hayden Woodward

Dr. Rudi was open to clients on Sunday evening.

Kylie Moncur, head of marketing at the bar, said she thanked them for not injuring anyone.

“All patrons and team members are safe, however, we cannot comment further as long as the investigation is in the hands of the New Zealand Police Service.”

Rachel Dolheguy, director of police district operations, said she thought the shooting was about gangs.

“There have been elements of organized criminal groups and gangs in a number of firearms recently, and at this early stage it is believed that there is gang involvement with this particular incident.”

Detective senior sergeant Mark Franich said police are committed to finding the person responsible and holding them accountable.

“A group of people from the bar were disturbed and one presented a firearm.”

After a fight, they fired a gun at the entrance ceiling.

The Weekend Herald reports that in five years more than 350 people have made firearms across Auckland.

At least 63 people were shot and hospitalized in the first 10 months of this year.

The shooting against Dr. Rudi took place a fortnight after customers reported a shooting at the Auckland strip club Calendar Girls.

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