BREAKING NEWS AT 9:15PM: Two gunned down: Hunt on for shooter

Tuesday October 18, 2016 Written by Published in Crime
BREAKING NEWS AT 9:15PM: Two gunned down: Hunt on for shooter

A man and a woman are believed dead after being shot in Vaimaanga Tuesday afternoon and a young child is believed to be with the alleged gunman.


The victims are believed to have been shot by an armed prison escapee.

Late on Tuesday night it was not known if the child was related to the gunman. Up to 30 police officers were searching the island for the alleged offender, who police named as Chris Rimamotu (pictured above).

He is believed to have been in jail on abduction charges.

The two victims were said to have been known to Rimamotu.

Sources have told the CI News the weapon was likely to be a .22 calibre firearm.

Police were searching the area around Titikaveka on Tuesday night and, just before 9pm, there were more shots reported in Nikao.

Earlier, a witness got to within 30 metres of the original crime scene and saw a covered body on the ground.

Police were warning the public not to approach the man if they saw him as he was considered very dangerous.

 More details in Wednesday's edition of the CI News.

Richard Moore/Rashneel Kumar


  • Comment Link Marie Teariki Wednesday, 19 October 2016 10:39 posted by Marie Teariki

    Very sad news to both victims that got shot down lastnite very shocking news.Thats a warning to all families in each home search to find all aminiution cartridges like riffle bullets 12 gauge an 22 wat ever you find in y're household please destroy them by throwing all of them in the ocean or take them to the police God bless us all Amen.

  • Comment Link Kathleen Marsters Wednesday, 19 October 2016 03:51 posted by Kathleen Marsters

    The child is known to the gunman. The child's name is Ian, he's Chris's son,. I'm sure of that....sad to hear this, what the gain Chris!!!

  • Comment Link alex heather Wednesday, 19 October 2016 02:13 posted by alex heather

    a numbing sadness for the families of everyone involved here mums and dads of the deceased and also chris Rimamotou's poor parents and family. terrible loss, horrible chapter for the cooks, for tourism.
    now we have the disease of the world.

  • Comment Link tegs ioane Wednesday, 19 October 2016 02:13 posted by tegs ioane

    Sounz dis guy on suicide mission so let's give him wat he needs n put him out of his misery so our family back home can rest easy else when you catch him n soon I hope as he already killed two poor souls and condolences to the family lord knows how many more he will hurt n the poor child he abducted praying still alive and putting him away won't rehabilitate him he will offend again n again these people are beyond help so I pray you find him and pray the child is safe and sound fanq ra..

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