Mass shooting reported at mosque in New Zealand

Clay Curtis
March 15, 2019

Multiple people have been shot dead in shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch during Friday afternoon prayers. We tried to get everyone to run away from the area because we couldn't open the door for everyone.

The alleged killer is believed to have live-streamed the shooting on Facebook.

New Zealand police were hunting "an active shooter" in the center of Christchurch city Friday after a gunman opened fire at a mosque inflicting several casualties.

An unconfirmed report on Newshub said the death toll could be as high as 27.

Media in New Zealand said people have been evacuated from near a second mosque in Linwood, Christchurch, with police swarming on the site.

Police say officers are responding to a "serious and evolving" situation involving an active shooter. Bush also recommended that residents across the city remain off the streets and indoors.

Stuff.co.nz reports the emergency department at Christchurch Hospital has been cleared out. "We are working to have any footage removed".

"This is not who we are".

"I was in the side room, so I didn't see who was shooting but I saw that some people were running out to my room where I was in, I saw some people had blood on their body and some people were limping".

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand was living through one of its "darkest days".

The hospital has alerted the public that it is in lockdown, with no staff or patients able to enter or leave the buildings.

Police have warned people to avoid mosques anywhere in New Zealand following two shootings with multiple fatalities at two mosques in Christchurch.

Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team were bussed to the mosque and were about to go inside when the incident happened. It's a big mosque and there were more than 200 people inside.

A video has been posted on YouTube that appears to show the mass killing at a Deans Ave mosque in Central Christchurch.

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

"They were on the bus, which was just pulling up to the mosque when the shooting begun, ” Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team, told Reuters in a message".

He said some managed to escape through windows and doors but "many people had been hit, some as young as 16".

This is a developing story.

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