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Possible gunshot sounds before two cars flee, police call for witnesses of New Plymouth altercation

Police are without all the answers following reports of gunshots heard and an altercation in New Plymouth overnight.

Police received reports of possible gunshots heard on Cook Street near Seaview Road just after midnight today, and a witness reported seeing an altercation between two people.

One person was then seen leaving the incident in an orange vehicle and another person leaving in a black vehicle, believed to be a BMW.

Police located the orange car and are speaking with one person, but are still looking for the person in the black vehicle.

"We want to make sure they are okay – if they are injured they are encouraged to report to hospital," police said in a statement.

Police are appealing for witnesses of the orange Holden Commodore with the registration LYZ489 overnight, as well as anyone who may have seen the black BMW which has not yet been located by police.

"It's described as having one of the rear passenger windows smashed in, being covered with plastic," police said in the statement.

Anyone who was in the area or has information is asked to contact New Plymouth Police on (06) 759 5500.

Information can also be passed on anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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