Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Many Dead in Mass Shooting at Mosque in New Zealand

Many Dead in Mass Shooting at Mosque in New Zealand

In breaking news, police are now responding to a critical incident in Christchurch, New Zealand, after shots were fired inside a mosque.

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

All schools in Christchurch have been placed on lockdown, police commissioner Mike Bush said.

A gunman has entered the crowded Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand at about 1.45pm local time.

Later Friday afternoon, media outlets said there also was a shooting at another mosque in Christchurch.

Christchurch Hospital and the nearby outpatients building are in lockdown.

Two police officers have confirmed that the bomb is inside a beige Subaru that has crashed on the street, roughly three kilometres from the Al Noor Mosque where the shooting took place. "About ten minutes later they ran out of the bus and ran through Hagley Park and into the Hagley Oval".

The team is in Christchurch to play New Zealand in a third cricket test starting on Saturday.

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

Armed police patrol outside a mosque in central Christchurch.

"I've lived next door to this mosque for about five years and the people are great, they're very friendly", he said.

A witness who has inside the mosque told ABC News that it was very "peaceful, calm and quiet" when the shooting started.

"When I heard that there is a shooting - the sound whats coming".

Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed after a shooting at a mosque in central Christchurch, an official told AFP on Friday.

"When that was happening, one of the players had called me to contact the police".

He said he then heard numerous shots and that people subsequently ran from the mosque.

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