A man has been shot in a gang-related attack in Lower Hutt, police say.
The shooting took place at about 11.56pm last night at Hanson St in the Stokes Valley where police found a 39-year-old man, who had "non-life threatening injuries" and was taken to hospital by ambulance.
Then - a short time later - police received a further "barrage" of calls from members of the public reporting more shots being fired in the area.
However, it turned out this was a false alarm and the sound of the gunshots was more likely to have been fireworks going off, police said.
The injured man remains in hospital this morning, while police have maintained a "strong presence" in the Stokes Valley due to the overnight shooting being related to gang activity.
Investigations into the shooting are ongoing.