A 60-year-old woman requires surgery to have a bullet removed from her skull after she was shot in the head early this morning.

Police were called to a house in Druces Road, Manukau, after reports of a shooting at 1.30am.

A 60-year-old man appeared in Manukau District Court this morning charged with assault. Police said more serious charges were likely.

A police spokesman said the victim was taken to hospital where a CT scan revealed that there was a bullet lodged in her head.

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Her condition is described as critical.

"Police have located a firearm and a shell casing. An area canvas has been completed and witnesses interviewed. No other person is being sought in relation to this incident.
"Police enquiries will continue over the weekend."