Police are investigating an armed robbery at a mall in East Auckland this afternoon.
Police were called to the scene after receiving reports of a store robbery at Botany Town Centre at around 2.20pm, a police spokesperson told 1 NEWS.
"It was reported that the offenders were armed. That's all we can say at this stage," police said.
Botany Town Centre confirmed in a statement this afternoon that an armed robbery had taken place at one of its stores.
"Police and security were made aware of the incident and arrived immediately. The stores surrounding the area are temporarily closed and the centre is working closely with the police and those affected," a spokesperson said.
"The safety of our customers, retailers, staff and visitors is our number one priority. All further enquiries on this matter should be directed to police."
Eyewitness Anthony Loo says there was a flurry of people fleeing the scene.
Loo said he saw no evident damage or injuries following the incident, and that security is keeping the public calm and directing them away from the scene.
Police are in the area making inquiries about what has occurred and to locate those involved.