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Sixteen-year-old with 'bright future' left blind in one eye after basketball court shooting in Auckland

A 16-year-old boy with "a bright future ahead of him" is unlikely to ever drive or work again after he was shot in the face in Auckland.

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The schoolboy was at basketball courts at Cadness Reserve in Northcote with friends on Friday when he became a victim of a drive-by shooting about 7pm. 

Police said the boy was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries before being transferred to Auckland Hospital.

"He's suffered injuries that will change his life and cause a lot of challenges while he adjusts," his sister Maria wrote in a Givealittle post.

"He's blind in one eye and there's damage to his right eye as well.

"My brother's the most humble, kind-hearted and selfless person I know.

"He's a good kid with a bright future ahead of him. He still goes to school, has his drivers license and has a job, but due to his injuries he'll most likely never drive or work again."

As at 12.45pm today, just over $2200 had been pledged on the Givealittle page.

Meanwhile, Senior Sergeant Kim Libby said police were "following positive lines of inquiry" into the shooting.

"Police have had an increased presence in the wider Northcote area since this incident occurred to provide reassurance to members of the community," he said.

"Our inquiries to date indicate that the parties involved are known to each other."

Police on Saturday said initial inquiries indicated a large number of youths were at the reserve earlier in the evening.

Libby said police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident and has not already spoken with police.

Information can be provided to police by calling 105, quoting job number P045638720.