Man charged with being an accessory after fatal shooting of Christchurch teenager Connor Whitehead


A 46-year-old man has been charged following the death of a 16-year-old who was fatally shot in the suburb of Casebrook on Friday night.

Connor Whitehead who was fatally shot in Christchurch on 5 November 2021

Connor Whitehead is the second teenager to be killed at a gathering in Christchurch in three months. Photo: Give a Little

Police have also released the victim’s name. He was Connor Whitehead, of Northcote.

Police charged the man last night with being an accessory after the fact to murder and he is due to appear in the Christchurch District Court tomorrow.

Police are confident they know who was involved in Connor’s death and say the arrested man assisted the people directly involved.

Police hope the man’s arrest will “serve as a warning to anyone who may be assisting those involved”.

They are providing Connor’s whānau with support alongside Victim Support.

Connor is the second 16-year-old to die at a gathering in the city in three months.

Zion Purukamu of Hoon Hay was fatally stabbed at a party in Fendalton on 13 August.

Officers are continuing their inquiries into Connor’s death, and want to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time.

They can be contacted on phone number 105 and event number P048523046 should be quoted.

Information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

A Give a Little page has been set up to raise money for Connor’s mother and two siblings.

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