Friday, 24 May, 2019


DEVELOPING: Gunman opens fire at mosque in New Zealand

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Bennie Garza | 15 March, 2019, 07:13

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern called the mass shootings on Friday "one of New Zealand's darkest days", as officials pleaded with citizens not to go to mosques and to stay home until authorities have control over the situation.

Katherine Jamieson was returning home when she found her Christchurch street in lockdown.

Scared hostage reports shooter held outside Papanui.

Unconfirmed reports said the shooter was a wearing military-style clothing.

New Zealand police said they were aware of "extremely distressing footage", recorded and streamed live by an alleged gunman, which was widely spread in the immediate aftermath. "We have one person in custody but we are unsure if there are other people".

Ardern described the event as "extreme and unprecedented violence".

Christchurch, located on New Zealand's South Island, is the third-largest city in the country with a population of just over 400,000.

The #Christchurch shooter clearly wanted that horrific footage shared. Don't do it. Don't watch it.

"As a community we've never had an issue like this in New Zealand", he told stuff.co.NZ. What a terrible day.

An ambulance responds to the scene of one of the deadly mosque shootings in Christchurch, NZ.

Armed police patrol outside a mosque in central Christchurch.

"We understand that there will be many anxious people but I can assure New Zealanders that Police is doing all it can to resolve this incident", Bush said.

He confirmed there were multiple fatalities across both mosques.

Police can be seen near the Christchurch Mosque, which is on Deans Ave. "Christchurch schools will be locked down until further notice". He was one of 200 people in Christchurch's Masjid Al Noor mosque when he heard shots being fired.

Guardian reporter Eleanor Ainge Roy stated that police are also working to investigate believed explosive devices contained within a Subaru near the mosque.

UPDATE: 12:18PM: Police are warning locals about a possible bomb found in a crashed vehicle near the shooting.

Police advised people in the centre of the city to stay indoors.

"You're not safe here, there's a bomb in that vehicle", a senior police officer told a Guardian reporter.

According to Radio New Zealand, there were up to 300 people inside the mosque for afternoon prayers.

"Police is now at a number of scenes", police said.

A massive police response is under way after reports of the shooting at 1.40pm.

"I saw about 20 plus people, some were dead, some were screaming".

Approximately 110 shots are fired from the semi-automatic weapon. He stood in the doorway, blocking people inside from escaping, Herald reports.

Police have warned people to avoid mosques anywhere in New Zealand following the two shootings.

Witness Mohammed Nazir told TVNZ that he "heard the big sound, the gun" at about 1.45 p.m. "Armed police have been deployed".

New Zealand Police say the incident is "ongoing". This is New Zealand.

Some of the Bangladesh cricket team were near the mosque when the shooting happened and were filmed by an ESPN journalist running away from the building.

The injured were very quiet, Jellie said.

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