The Taradale community is on edge after a gang brawl in the Napier suburb on the weekend. .
Thirty to forty Mongrel Mob and Black Power members fought in broad daylight outside a McDonalds and one man was taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.
Police in the area have been instructed to carry firearms with them in the wake of the brawls.
Locals say it's just the latest in an escalating war between the two gangs.
Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise speaks to Philippa Tolley.