Two people have been taken into custody and charged as police continue to investigate the alleged abduction of a woman in Auckland’s Beach Haven overnight.

Officers responded to 111 calls from residents around Sunnyhaven Ave last night.

Waitematā Detective Inspector Callum McNeill said three people in a car allegedly arrived at a residential property on the street just before 7.30pm.

This afternoon, police took a man and a woman into custody in Central Auckland.

“Our investigation has been progressing throughout the day, and we have been speaking with the pair late this afternoon,” McNeill said.

“We have now laid charges against this pair and they will be appearing in the North Shore District Court tomorrow.”

A 32-year-old man from Dairy Flat is charged with kidnapping, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, commission of a crime using a firearm and burglary with a firearm.

A 28-year-old woman from Bayview was arrested in connection with outstanding warrants to arrest, and will also appear in court on a charge of failing to carry out obligations relating to a computer search.

McNeill said this afternoon police will continue its investigation while matters are before the court.

“What I can say is that we do not believe this was a random incident.

“To the Beach Haven community, you will continue to see our staff present in the area with reassurance patrolling and our staff working at the scene.”

McNeill said the victim is continuing to recover from her injuries in hospital.

“She will have a long road to recovery, and we will be looking to speak further with her around what has occurred.”

Police earlier today said an altercation had occurred at the Sunnyhaven Ave property, “with the female occupant of the address being forced into the vehicle. As this has unfolded the firearm has been discharged, and this has been the subject of multiple reports from neighbours to police.”

Neighbours reported hearing “loud bangs” with armed officers swarming the area during the incident. A police Eagle helicopter was also deployed.

One neighbour told 1News they initially thought they heard a car backfiring, which later turned out to be a gunshot.

They heard nearby neighbours telling others to “lock your doors” during the incident.

Responding police were unable to find the car, however, officers later deployed to a residential street in Greenhithe, around a 10km drive away.

The woman was found on a residential street in Greenhithe, around a 10km drive away.

“A woman was located with injuries outside a Mackay Dr address, and we have established that it is the victim from Beach Haven.

“She has sustained injuries and is in a stable condition, receiving treatment.

“These injuries are not in relation to the firearm being discharged.”

The Sunnyhaven Ave abduction happened only a short walk from the Beach Haven town centre. A neighbour on the street told 1News: “I wasn’t aware of anything happening until my neighbour called me and said: ‘Can you help me? The police won’t let me into my home’ … she said she couldn’t even park a car in my driveway because a police car was halfway across it.”

She said the experience was “kind of scary”.

“The old village feeling in the area is going — it’s not so safe anymore. Quite a few incidents have happened. That’s how I think the majority of the neighbourhood feel.”

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact police on 105. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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