A police guard remains at a property in Mangere, South Auckland, where gunshots were heard late last night.

Several police officers, some of them armed, stand guard outside a house at Staverton Crescent this afternoon.

Other officers can be seen walking in and out of the property, carrying their work. A van and two cars in the driveway have their windows completely smashed out.

A fourth car just in front of the house also has damage to the windows.

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An officer can be seen taking photographs of the damage.

The curtains are closed at the house and mail sticks out from the letterbox.

Neighbours said they heard a commotion around midnight.

"Woke us up, that's for sure. There was a lot of yelling and screaming. There must've been at least eight or nine of them running down the street.

"One was yelling: 'Ease up motherf***er'!"

The neighbour said there were at least three or four vehicles involved last night.

Two were seen speeding down a side street - a dead end - before zooming back out and out towards the main road."

Another resident on the street said the family had been at the house for a long time and were a good family that kept to themselves.