Police are urging the man accused of shooting a Wellington taxi driver in the shoulder to hand himself in.

Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee today repeatedly called for Dylan Nuku, 26, to come forward.

It's believed Nuku and a female caught a taxi from Courtenay Place to Miramar. Nuku then ordered the taxi driver out of the vehicle and shot him when he refused.

The driver was able to get away to a nearby petrol station where members of the public rushed to his aid.


He has since been discharged from hospital after having surgery on his wounded shoulder.

McKee said he had met the victim at his home today and he was in "good shape" but still angry about the shooting.

"He's recovering well and in good spirits at home."

McKee would not say much about the female Nuku was with, but said they were confident they would be speaking to her soon.

"We believe Dylan is in Wellington. We've been in contact with his family members who are willing to assist us."

Police are warning people not to approach Nuku as he is considered armed and dangerous.

McKee would not say whether the weapon used in the attack - believed to be a small, low-calibre pistol - had been found.

"Incidents like this are very unusual. I just want to reassure the public that we treat these incidents very seriously."

Police have searched a number of properties in the hunt for Nuku.

He is 158cm tall.

Police say anyone who sees him should call 111 immediately.