'Critical incident': Shots fired at New Zealand mosque, multiple victims reported

Blanche Robertson
March 15, 2019

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern held a press conference into the shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, describing it as "one of New Zealand's darkest days". "We have mobilised every police resource in the Canterbury location to respond to this and we are also in the process of mobilising every national police resource to keep people safe", Bush told the media here.

The Herald is reporting a second gunman has been seen near Linwood's Masjid Mosque.

Multiple reports assert that the shooter may have live streamed the incident on social media.

New Zealand police have warned all mosques countrywide to shut their doors after active shooters opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch city centre.

The New Zealand Herald reported that the gunman who livestreamed the attack and is behind the manifesto is an Australian citizen. I spoke to one of them shortly after (the incident), the team's strength and conditioning coach Mario Villavarayen said.

"A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter", police initially said in a statement. "Police has apprehended a person, but I don't have further details of him yet", she added.

All schools in Christchurch have been placed on lockdown, BBC News reports.

Witneses said there were many dead.

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The gunman in New Zealand had "for Rotterham" written on his rifle magazine together with names of other mass shooters.

Christchurch Hospital is reportedly in lockdown.

"And they had to smash the door, the glass in the small door, and everyone tried to get out - so we were trying to get everyone to run away from the area". Over the course of five minutes, he repeatedly shoots worshippers, leaving well over a dozen bodies in one room alone. She continued that while they may be migrants to New Zealand, perhaps even refugees, they had chosen to make New Zealand their home.

"So I tried to get out and I pushed myself at the back where my auto was, and from there I heard the shooting, it went on six minutes or more".

NZ Police commissioner Mike Bush has confirmed officers have made four arrests in connection to this afternoon's shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.

The team is in Christchurch to play New Zealand in the third cricket test starting tomorrow.

On entering the mosque, Peneha said: "I saw dead people everywhere". He asked "anyone who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today not to go". Who made a decision to take a stand to ensure a future for my people, ' he wrote.

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

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