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Christchurch shooting: Gunman opens fire at mosque in Hagley Park

Christchurch shooting: Gunman opens fire at mosque in Hagley Park

   
   

Christchurch shooting: Gunman opens fire at mosque in Hagley Park

Armed police in New Zealand swarmed central Christchurch Friday amid a shooting at a mosque in the South Island city.

“A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter,” police said in a statement.

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

   
   

Police commissioner Mike Bush said all schools in the city had been placed in lockdown in response to “a serious ongoing firearms incident”.

“Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay off the streets and report any suspicious behaviour,” he said in a statement.

An eyewitness told Radio New Zealand he heard shots fired and four people were lying on the ground, with “blood everywhere”.

ESPN Cricinfo reporter Mohammed Isam said members of the Bangladesh cricket team, who are due to play a Test match in Christchurch tomorrow escaped from the mosque. Tamim Iqbal tweeted:

“Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers. They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval.”

   
   

New Zealand police say shooter is still active. As reported by Stuff, the shooter is described as short, blonde and white-skinned.

   
   

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