There was simmering tension in Whanganui today following the violent death of Mongrel Mob member Kevin Ratana.

Police are still looking for the gunman responsible and efforts are being made to de-escalate the tension.

Kevin Ratana was 27and its alleged he was shot at an address on Puriri St in Whanganui. 

Former Black Power member Dennis O'Reilly says, we must also think about the bereaved family at this time.

The scene where Ratana died is close to the place where Jhia Te Tua was shot in a drive by in her home.

The Whanganui Community hope peace will be restored so families can be safe.