WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Multiple fatalities were inflicted at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday when at least one gunman opened fire on worshippers, police said.
Witnesses told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque.
The Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at the mosque when the shooting occurred but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters.
Police said they had one person in custody but they were not sure if others were involved.
Police advised people to stay away from mosques.
“As far as we know,” the fatalities occurred at two mosques, New Zealand’s Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there was no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme violence.
Police said earlier they were hunting “an active shooter” in the centre of Christchurch city.
“A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter,” New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.
“Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment …read more