2nd mosque shooting reported in New Zealand

Elias Hubbard
March 15, 2019

Students participating in the city's Fridays for Future climate march were confirmed to be safe, Mayor Lianne Dalziel told the New Zealand site Newshub.

TVNZ reported that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation shortly after Friday's attack. He said anybody who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand on Friday should stay put. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home.

Commissioner Bush said every police resource in the Canterbury region had been mobilised.

Meanwhile, Radio New Zealand reported, citing a local child care center manager, that 30 people had been injured or killed by the Christchurch mosque gunman.

A man who ran from the mosque told him the shooting happened there.

"I was in the mosque".

"The first mosque... it was at peak prayer time, there were reports of up to 400 to500 people in the mosque". The gunmen came from the backside.

He heard five gunshots, and he believed the activity was centred around the nearby Linwood Masjid mosque.

He said some managed to escape through windows and doors but "many people had been hit, some as young as 16". He was driving by the mosque about 1.40pm and saw a whole lot of people running.

The gunman entered the mosque in central Christchurch and opened fire at 1.40pm local time.

Stuff.co.nz claim a man said there were "bodies all over me". There is no official confirmation on casualties. "It's unbelievable nutty. I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone".

Police also urged all mosques in New Zealand to close their doors and asked residents to refrain from visiting.

Police are responding to an active shooter on the premises and have warned of a "critical incident" near Hagley Park. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area. More information will be added as soon as it becomes available.

All schools in Christchurch have been put into lockdown, as well as Christchurch Hospital.

Christchurch City Council tweeted that it was locking down a "number of central city buildings, including the Civic Offices and Central Library".

A video posted on Twitter showed Bangladesh's cricket team walking away from the mosque.

A horrific shooting at a Christchurch mosque was livestreamed for 17 minutes by the gunman.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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