Police are looking for a man following a shooting at Taranaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth.

A man was shot in the leg on hospital grounds around 9.35pm on Wednesday, during an altercation with a group of men in the hospital carpark.

He was being treated at the hospital.

Senior Sergeant Jeff Veale said efforts were under way to locate the other men involved in the incident.

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It is understood they had left the scene.

"At this stage, we believe the parties are known to each other and for that reason, don't believe there is any risk to the public," Veale said.

A number of police were at the scene making inquiries and the hospital is operating as normal.