A vacationer was shot dead in front of his terrified fiancée who ran several kilometers to give the alarm.
Police launched a manhunt for Sean McKinnon's killer after the 33-year-old was shot in a "random" car-picking attempt in New Zealand.
The Australian Mr. McKinnon and his 32-year-old Canadian fiance Bianca Buckley were sleeping in their motorhome when they were attacked early Friday morning.
The gunman stole the vehicle while Mr. McKinnon's body was still inside and Ms. Buckley was able to escape and get to a house where she called the police to get help.
The couple had parked their rented motorhome in a parking lot near a Raglan beach, renowned for surfing with big waves.
After the murder, he was driven about 50 miles from Gordonton, where he was abandoned on the edge of a road with Mr. McKinnon dead inside.
Police from the North Island of New Zealand launched a hunt for the murderer.
Mr. McKinnon, from the Australian region of Warrnambool, and Ms. Buckey, a midwife working in Auckland and living in Halifax, Canada, became engaged in Christmas 2017, according to social media publications.
His longtime friend, Wayne Such, told The Age that McKinnon was a "talented musician, a sweet, genuine man with a heart of gold".
Julian Smith, another friend, said McKinnon was an "adorable Australian guy and knockabout" who loved surfing the internet.
Mr. Smith added, "He loved surfing the big waves along the coast, charging waves five meters long.
Police said that they thought the shooter was still armed as a result of the shooting, which occurred around 3 am local time.
Mr. McKinnon was hit several times after the gunman hit a window, which surprised the couple and asked for the keys to the motorhome, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Detective Inspector Graham Pitkethley told reporters: "This is a tragic incident." Investigations indicate that there is a random attack .
"We support the female victim who is naturally very shocked and upset, providing her with the support and well-being she needs.
"We are still working because of injuries that she may or may not have suffered during the odreal.The terrain where the vehicle was stolen is quite rugged with a lot of scrub around."
He said about the suspect: "At this point, all I can say is that we are looking for a man."
New Zealand recently launched a national arms buy-out program following the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch.
More than 10,000 firearms have already been handed over to the police.