An Australian man has been shot in the buttocks during what appears to be an attempted robbery in Port Moresby's CBD.
Security guards at the Grand Papua Hotel said the Australian man had just parked his car in a nearby car park about midday, when a white SUV pulled up and a man with a gun wrapped in cloth got out and shot him in the left buttock.
The would-be robbers sped off and the victim managed to limp across the road into the office of the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Chamber's CEO David Conn said his staff rushed the man to hospital.
"He said it all just happened really quickly and in fact initially he didn't realise he'd been shot," Mr Conn said.
Mr Conn spoke to the man in hospital and said he was in a stable condition and in good spirits despite his ordeal.
"He was in fairly high spirits, obviously not very happy, but he realised he'd been fairly lucky," he said.
He said the victim had gone to a bank just prior to the attack.
"It's always hard to say whether these things are random. Quite often in PNG they're not," Mr Conn said.
"There's every possibility that he was spotted at the bank and followed from there."
Police Metropolitan Superintendent Ben Turi said he was yet to receive a report on the incident.