Two people suffered "violent deaths" at a South Auckland business this afternoon.
Detective Inspector Dave Lynch said police were called when a panic alarm was activated at Ezy Cash, a licensed pawn broker and second hand dealer in an industrial area of Takanini at 1.10pm today.
Lynch would not confirm local residents' reports that the two victims were stabbed to death but said the deaths were violent and police were searching for a "sharp instrument".
The victims were believed to be employees or owners of the business where the incident took place, the identities of the two dead had not yet been released, he said.
Witnesses told police there was a male and female at the scene, who police were now searching for.
The male was described as a slim Maori or Pacific Islander and there was not yet a description for the woman.
Lynch said there was no reason for the community to be concerned as these types of attacks were "usually one-off".
It was too early to speculate on the motive for today's incident and police did not yet know whether there was any potential relationship between the victims and the offenders, he said.
A full scene examination was expected to take up to three days and the bodies of the victims would remain at the premises overnight.
Earlier today the area was blocked off and armed officers were at the scene, one local business owner said.
A cordon was set up at Glenora Road and Great South Road. Police at the scene said the cordon on Great South Rd, from Una St would remain tonight while the scene examination took place.
One business owner, who asked for his name to be withheld, said it would be a "huge shock" if someone had been stabbed in the street.
"People come and go from here all the time, it's usually quiet. I've never heard anything like this happening," he said.
If anyone has information relating to the case, they should call Counties Manukau Police on 09 261 1300 or anonymously via CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.
- Fairfax Media