Residents believe a neighbourhood dispute was the catalyst for yesterday's fatal shooting at the quiet coastal township of Seacliff, about 25km north of Dunedin, but police are yet to comment.
Police responding to an emergency call about 8.20am yesterday discovered a critically-injured 59-year-old man in Truby King Reserve.
Armed police then surrounded neighbouring houses before finding the body of a 53-year-old local woman in a Coast Rd home.
Last night, the man remained in a critical condition in Dunedin Hospital. It is understood he suffered serious gunshot wounds.
Police would not comment on the relationship between the pair, but said a firearm was found in the reserve and they were not looking for anyone else in relation to the matter.
Police would not comment on the nature of the woman's death or how long she was believed to have been dead.
Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis said Coast Rd was cordoned off and the cordon may remain today while staff examine the scene.
"Police continue to reassure the community that this was an isolated incident and residents should not feel concerned for their safety."
Last night, police had not charged anyone in relation to the incident and would not comment on whether charges were likely or possible.
A Seacliff resident said the pair involved in the incident lived close to each other and would often argue.
While out in the community last night, the resident, who did not wish to be identified, said she heard gunshots.
"I heard gunshots in the forest - about six shots went off," she said. "I didn't think anything of it."
Police were still working through formally identifying the pair. Otago Daily Times