The person who shot a 52-year-old man in Invercargill yesterday is still at large, police say.

The victim in the shooting is now out of surgery and is in a stable condition. He was found with a gunshot wound on Kelvin St at around 9.15am yesterday.

Police were this evening in the process of formally speaking with the victim in hospital.

Southern police said they were still in the early stages of their investigation, and the offender has not been located.

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The Armed Offenders Squad was called as a precaution yesterday. But police said today there was no threat to public safety following the shooting

Officers were interviewing several witnesses to the incident.

Invercargill resident Caitlin Barton said yesterday she saw a man lying on the footpath as she drove to work.

"He was lying flat as if he had slipped on ice and had a back injury. Lots of people were crowding around him and an ambulance came flying past me ... I didn't think it was a shooting until I saw it on Facebook."

Police asked anyone with information on what happened in the Kelvin St area yesterday morning to get in touch.

They would particularly like to hear from anyone driving on Kelvin St, near the intersection with Earnslaw St, about 9am Saturday.

Phone police on (03) 211 0400, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.