Many reported dead in 2 New Zealand mosque shootings

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2019

Multiple people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

Police have confirmed they responded to a call, and television outlets in New Zealand and Australia have extensively reported on the shooting over the last hour.

Several hundred people were inside and witnesses reported seeing at least four people on the ground and "blood everywhere", according to Radio New Zealand.

"Police recommend that residents across Christchurch remain off the streets and indoors until further notice", Bush added.

Addressing a media conference in New Plymouth, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the events in Christchurch as "one of New Zealand's darkest days". Schools and public buildings were on lockdown.

New Zealand has restrictive gun laws, of the sort proposed by gun control advocates in the United States.

Armed police patrol outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15.

"I still have friends inside".

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - There is a "serious and evolving" situation with an active shooter in Christchurch, New Zealand, police commissioner Mike Bush said.

The injured were very quiet, Jellie said.

Mohan Ibrahim is one of around 400 people who were inside Christchurch's Masjid Al Noor mosque near Hagley Park praying when the shooting began.

They said it was a scary situation with people running down Deans Avenue, with armed police all around the area.

An ESPN cameraman covering the team's on-going New Zealand tour captured the clearly shocked players leaving the mosque after escaping.

He said he also saw a gunman flee before emergency services arrived.

Mr Farouk said he believes members of the Bangladesh cricket team may have been worshipping at the mosque at the time.

"The coaching staff were all at the hotel".

Stuff is reporting shots being fired at Christchurch hospital. "This happened at about 1.45pm".

Christchurch Hospital has urged people to avoid the area unless they are seriously injured.

The Twitter account, which appears to belong to the gunman, contained images of ammunition magazines with names scrawled across them in white marker, including the names of two mass shooters who targeted migrants and Muslims.

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