Christchurch police say they are speaking to several people after a man was shot in the suburb of Linwood on Friday.
The armed offenders squad has been been stood down.
Detective Inspector Dave Long says the victim, a 55-year old man, was admitted to Christchurch Hospital with injuries to his lower back and buttocks.
He is reported to be in a serious but stable condition and was due to undergo surgery on Friday afternoon.
Mr Long says the type of firearm used in the incident has not been confirmed and no weapon has yet been recovered.
Police are appealing for information from anyone who may have seen activity in the area of the shooting at the Linwood end of Armagh Street about 11am.