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Two people seriously injured following shooting in downtown Wellington

The streets are cordoned off near Taranaki St.

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The streets are cordoned off near Taranaki St.

Two people are seriously injured and two people have been arrested following what appears to be a shooting in Wellington CBD early Saturday morning.

Armed police patrol a cordon at a key intersection in the city’s party district, on the corner of Taranaki St and Dixon St, which covers from Les Mills to the Calendar Girls nightclub.

Both victims are said to be in critical condition at Wellington Hospital.

Police stationed at the scene declined to confirm details, but said they had been at the cordon since around 5 a.m.

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A small area outside a car hire shop about 30 yards away on Dixon St was also cordoned off on Saturday morning and small marks are pictured understood to be a bloody footprint.

Every bin in Te Aro Park across the road was wrapped in police tape.

Bloodstains are marked and photographed outside a rental car shop in Dixon St.

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Bloodstains are marked and photographed outside a rental car shop in Dixon St.

Prominent bar owner Matt McLaughlin said he was hearing various reports about what happened but was having trouble getting information from the police.

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Two people were injured overnight.

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Two people were injured overnight.

McLaughlin owns Mustache Bar, formerly Danger Danger, which is across the street from the cordon. He said he was ready to help the police in any way he could.

He confirmed that the incident did not occur at Mustache Bar.

Armed police patrol the cordon on Saturday morning.

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Armed police patrol the cordon on Saturday morning.

Police made two arrests in connection with the incident, which took place around 5 a.m., police said in a statement.

Anyone with information is asked to telephone the police on 105, quoting case number P050338863.

Information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.