A witness claims to have heard two gunshots after two men held up a superette in the Bay of Plenty.
Police were notified of an armed robbery in progress at the Main St Superette in Edgecumbe, just before 7pm.
A police spokesperson says two men fled the scene empty-handed.
The witness reported seeing the shopkeeper taken away in an ambulance, but police say it was understood the shopkeeper was not seriously injured.
"Police are still making inquiries.”
People with information about the attempted robbery are asked to contact Whakatane Police on 07 308 5255.
Alternatively, information can be left anonymously via the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 line.