New Caledonia shooting spree linked to night of drinking

The public prosecutor in New Caledonia says yesterday’s shooting of four people in the north of Noumea followed a night of drinking by a group of young people.
The 25-year-old gunman, who was known to police, reportedly went to his home to fetch a rifle after he had an argument and then shot two people, including a teenager.
He then fired at another group of people, hitting another two before police arrived and arrested him.
One of the wounded four suffered severe injuries.
The prosecutor says most violent incidents are linked to the excessive consumption of alcohol, which in recent years has grown rapidly.
The latest shooting incident in the Noumea area has also revived the debate about the proliferation of firearms.
Three years ago the gun law was loosened and now there are about 50,000 weapons in the territory, or about one firearm for every three adults.


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