An armed robber has fired a shot before being hit in the head by a broom handle during a robbery of a Wellington dairy, police say.
Police said the man entered the Devyish Superette on Kilbirnie around 1.20pm today and pointed a handgun at a woman working there.
The man demanded money and fired a shot towards the ceiling, before running off with cash.
Police said he was last seen running across Kilbirnie Park, between Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre and the Poneke Rugby Clubrooms.
Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee said the employee hit the robber on the head with a broom handle as he left the store and may have an injury, or require medical attention.
Police are appealing for sightings of the man, who is described as a caucasian and aged in his mid-twenties.
He is said to be about 170cm tall, of slender build, and was wearing black trousers and a sweatshirt under a sleeveless orange jacket.