At least five shots were fired during one of three armed robberies in broad daylight targeting tourist hot spots in Auckland yesterday.
The first robbery happened at the Auckland Domain Wintergardens about 4.30pm before two further robberies on the summit of Mt Eden about 30 minutes later, police said.
Shots were fired into the ground during one of the robberies at the summit of Mt Eden after two victims challenged the robber and chased him when he grabbed their bag.
Police have recovered casings from five discharged .22 calibre bullets at the scene.
A police spokeswoman said there were at least four victims who were confronted by the offender who managed to steal money, a cell phone and a bag containing several personal and valuable items, including a Taiwanese passport.
The offender has been described as a male Maori or Polynesian aged between late-20s and 40, and driving a 2012 royal blue-coloured Holden Commodore SV6, registration GPH784.
The police spokeswoman said the car was stolen from a rental company near the airport on February 6, but was only reported stolen today.
"It's likely, assuming the same man has been in possession of the vehicle for the past 12 days, he would have had to refuel somewhere and park the car in the meantime," the spokeswoman said.
Members of the public are urged not to approach anyone who is driving the car but to report any sightings of it to police immediately.
Anyone else who was confronted by the man but who had not reported the incident to police should do so as soon as possible.