Saturday, 23 March, 2019

'Active shooter' situation in New Zealand during mosque attack

Mass shooting at mosque in Christchurch New Zealand armed police respond to ongoing firearms incident in mosque
Ellis Copeland | 15 March, 2019, 07:41

"There are multiple scenes", said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaking to her nation a short time ago about the shootings that took place in at least two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday morning NZ time.

At least 30 people have reportedly been injured or killed by a gunman at a mosque near Hagley Park in Christchurch. In one shooting, the shooter live-streamed the attack, but it will not be embedded here on Townhall for obvious reasons.

"I heard three quick shots then after about 10 seconds it started again it must have been an automatic no one could pull a trigger that quick", he said.

"Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high", he said.

Police described it as an "evolving situation" and implored residents to stay indoors.

Parts of Christchurch were put on lockdown as armed police were deployed after receiving reports of shots fired in the city center at 1:40 p.m. Friday local time.

"We have taken down the account of the alleged perpetrator and are working to actively remove all versions of the video from Twitter", a Twitter spokesman said, according to BuzzFeed reporter Ryan Mac.

Without a valid and current firearms license, you can not legally purchase any firearm other than a pellet gun anywhere in New Zealand.

"It's unbelievably nutty. I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone". All Christchurch schools are on lockdown.

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'From the conversations we had about life he didn't strike me as someone who had any interest in that or extremist views, ' she said. Over the course of five minutes, he repeatedly shoots worshippers, leaving well over a dozen bodies in one room alone.

Police in the New Zealand city of Christchurch said that there are "multiple fatalities" after active shooters opened fire in two mosques in the city center.

Witnesses report mass casualties inside the mosque and one witness said he saw the gunman flee.

New Zealand historically has had only a handful of mass shootings events.

Australian diplomats in New Zealand are seeking information on whether any citizens were affected by the Christchurch mosque shooting.

The police officer said there had been an incident and students should go straight home. He stood in the doorway, blocking people inside from escaping, Herald reports.

- 7 News Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) March 15, 2019Police are now responding to reports of shots fired in central Christchurch at around 1:40pm.Armed police have been deployed.Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.

New Zealand Police urged anyone in Christchurch to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour.

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