Homicide investigation launched after man shot dead in South Auckland

Police have launched a homicide investigation after a man was killed last night in a shooting incident in South Auckland overnight.

Emergency services were called to Darnell Crescent, Clover Park about 10.30pm last night.

The exact cause of death will be the subject of a post mortem examination but it appears the victim suffered a gunshot wound, Detective Inspector Tofilau Faa Vaaelua said in a statement.

Police are guarding the scene address at Darnell Crescent while a scene examination is conducted. 

"We are trying to establish the circumstances of what happened and why," Detective Inspector Vaaelua said.

Police did not confirm whether or not the offender has been located.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Counties Manukau Police on (09) 261 1321 or anonymously on 0800 Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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Heavily armed police are seen talking to residents at Darnell Cres last night. Source: 1 NEWS