A homicide investigation has been launched after a woman died in Massey this evening.
Around 5.45 p.m., officers were called to a residence on Royal Rd due to reports of a woman who had suffered serious injuries.
“Sadly, she died at the scene. Police are working to establish what has occurred,” Detective Senior Sergeant Nick Poland said.
“There will be a police presence in the area as officers conduct a scene examination and initial inquiries, which will include going to door-to-door speaking with people in the area.”
Police provided no updates on the hunt for the perpetrator.
Members of the public report seeing a body on the road and hearing a woman scream.
Other witnesses have described seeing a shirtless man holding a knife.
Just before 6 p.m., armed police officers responded to the sudden death.
A distraught woman was seen across the road from the scene, near the Waitakere Badminton Centre. When questioned, the woman stated that she knew the victim.
Someone posted on Facebook that they saw a body.
“Saw a body lying on the ground and a whole lot of cops n ambulance car [sic]. They’ve now closed down the area.”
Mac Yu, who was playing badminton with friends at the time, said he heard a woman scream shortly after 5 p.m. But he mistook it for another group of badminton players.
However, police soon arrived and informed the players that they had to remain in the hall.
Yu stated that 13 people were kept in the hall before being escorted out one by one.
He and his friends were the last four people in the corridor. They had to stay inside for two and a half hours.
They were escorted out by police just after 8pm.
A worker at the badminton center said they’d been told earlier to stay inside due to reports of a weapon.
Another badminton player, who did not want to be identified, said he saw a man running in the car park with what appeared to be a knife in his hand. The man was not dressed properly.
A man posted on social media that he saw a man running around with no top on while parked at a stop sign.
“Yelled something about someone with a knife, and stabbing someone. I couldn’t see anything just him running back to his van to grab a big wrench.”
According to a witness, they saw eight police cars, two of which were dog units, armed police outside the badminton centre, and an ambulance.
A helicopter is also said to be hovering over the scene.
A Mobil service station employee on Royal Rd told the Herald she saw police vehicles outside the badminton center.
A man only identified as Bill said he came to play badminton but was told by police that the court would be closed for the rest of the day.
According to a Herald reporter on the scene, there are several police officers. One armed officer is stationed near the Badminton Center.
The alleyway is thought to lead to Cedar Heights
More armed police officers and a police dog unit have arrived.