Loud bangs thought to be shots

Police cordoned off a Porirua property.
Police cordoned off a Porirua property.
Police cordoned off a Porirua property.
Police cordoned off a Porirua property.
Police cordoned off a Porirua property.
Police cordoned off a Porirua property.

Loud bangs thought to be gun shots, then swearing, then silence was heard at a Porirua address cordoned off by armed police this morning.

Police have now confirmed the incident - at 5.14am in Westmeath St, Cannons Creek - appeared to be a firearms incident.

''Residents reported hearing several loud bangs. An initial investigation indicates that a number of shots were fired at an address in the street,''a statement from police said.

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said he heard ''three to four gun shots'', followed by a man swearing, then silence.

Afterwards, he saw a patched gang member at the scene.

About a dozen police, some armed, attended the scene but he saw no ambulance.

Police have taken two men away from the scene, however, it is not clear if they have been arrested or charged.

The cordon remained up around one property and associated vehicles at 7.20am but most police had been stood down.

Police were earlier seen removing child car seats from a vehicle.

Police said an investigation was underway and people with information were asked to call 04 238 1420. Information would be treated as confidential.

The Dominion Post