Mosques targeted by gunfire in New Zealand, multiple fatalities confirmed by police

Governor John Rankin Imam Ashmead Ali and Minister Wayne Caines Bermuda March 15 2019

Witnesses are depicting horrifying scenes from the city of Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday following mass shootings by one or more gunman that occurred at two mosques in the city. People in the city are told to stay indoors.

Peneha, who lives next door to the mosque, said the gunman ran out of the mosque, dropped what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in Peneha's driveway, and fled.

The gunman, who was wearing a "helmet, glasses and military-style jacket", is believed to have live streamed the attack to social media.

New Zealand media reported that between nine and 27 people were killed, but the death toll could not be confirmed.

New Zealand police said the shooter is still active, according to a report in AFP.

NZ Police commissioner Mike Bush has confirmed officers have made four arrests in connection to this afternoon's shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.

Earlier, Bush had warned citizens to remain cautious, saying "a serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter". In one report from New Zealand-based outlet TVNZ, they described the situation on the ground as chaotic, with police locking down neighborhoods and schools in the area of the two affected mosques. More information will be added as soon as it becomes available. "The persons who has perpetuated this violence against us. have no place in New Zealand".

Witness Len Peneha told AAP he saw the gunman enter the Al Noor mosque about 1.45pm and heard dozens of gunshots.

"I can see a girl dead in the middle of the road", Ibrahim said in tears.

Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern, Prime Minister just called the violence unprecedented and New Zealand's darkest hour.

Police did not immediately comment on whether the incident took place in the mosque or nearby.

Returning to the mosque he walked over to a pile of dead or wounded men in the room and began shooting them in the head to ensure they were dead.

Witnesses at the mosque said there were several casualties in the shooting.

New Zealand Police urged anyone in Christchurch to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour.

The mosque has capacity to hold more than 300 people.

Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population, a 2013 census showed. Speaking to CNN, the team's coach said their bus had pulled up at the mosque when shooting happened.

This is a developing story, check back for more updates.

Related News:

Most liked

Senate Passes War Powers Resolution to End Complicity in Yemen War
Opponents argued that the War Powers Resolution does not apply because the not directly involved in combat in Yemen. Senate voted 54-46 Wednesday on ending U.S. support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen .

D.J. Fluker, key to running game, stays with Seahawks
The news comes just hours after the team agreed to terms with veteran guard Mike Iupati , who is expected to take over J.R. But he played in only one game in 2017 and missed six games in 2018 for the Arizona Cardinals because of injuries.

Tom Brady pleads with Martellus Bennett to unretire and join the Patriots
I hated that (Bill) Belichick wore sweaters, but now I love it. "I hated them even more", Bennett said. It's just about doing what you need to do to get to where we want to go as a group.

Bears To Sign Ha Ha Clinton-Dix To 1-Year Deal
Clinton-Dix will take the place of Amos, whose signing with the Packers was made official Thursday. In seven games with the Packers in 2018, Clinton-Dix intercepted three passes and made 27 tackles.

Legacy making merger: Disney-Fox mega-deal set to close March 20
And even after it is all said and done, it will still be a while before Fox's properties can fall under the Disney umbrella. Mexico wanted reassurance that Disney would sell off Fox's regional sports networks (RSN's) to approve the merger.

Tesla Reveals Model Y ‘Baby SUV’ Tonight
If it wasn't for that legal threat, Tesla's lineup would have included the Model S, Model E, Model X and Model Y - i.e., SEXY . Tesla trademarked the name " Model Y " in 2013, with Musk first describing this SUV in October 2015.

Rosario Dawson and Cory Booker are dating
So.Is our Cory Booker actually dating Rosario Dawson? Cory Booker (D-N.J.) are in a relationship. In early February, the USA senator appeared on the syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club .

Liverpool aiming to steal a march on title rivals City
Barcelona and Juventus come next in the betting ahead of Liverpool , United and Spurs , with Ajax and Porto the two big outsiders.

Samsung’s ultimate goal is to create "perfect full-screen" phone
But like the notch, punch hole displays still represent a design compromise, and aren't exactly aesthetically pleasing. Apparently not as Samsung is now working to remove it by completely hiding front-facing cameras behind the display.

New 'Avengers: Endgame' Trailer Just Released - And It's Epic
The new trailer of Avengers: Endgame has been released and it is filled with a lot of new and old fantastic scenes. It'll be drawing the curtain closed on the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, on April 26.

Rockets Launched at Tel Aviv
"Two launches from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli territory were registered", the IDF press service said in a press release. It would be the first time that Tel Aviv has been targeted by rocket fire since a 2014 war against Gaza militants .

Target distances itself from Mossimo label amid college admissions scandal
Hallmark sweetheart Lori Loughlin not only got arrested this week, but she is also losing her crown as a Hallmark Christmas queen. The makeup company Sephora made a decision to give Giannulli the ax on account of her mother's alleged involvement.

Patriots reportedly showing interest in free-agent WR Golden Tate
He didn't break the bank in free agency, but he was able to find himself a long-term deal with guarantees. He posted all of his best seasons in Detroit, racking up 90 catches each of his four full years.

House to Likely Pass Bill Forcing Public Release of Mueller Report Today
The Democratic-backed resolution, which passed 420-0, comes as Mueller is nearing an end to his investigation. Democrats - and several Republicans - want Barr to release more than just Mueller's full report.

Netflix’s Disappearance of Madeleine McCann Doc Debuts Tomorrow
The documentary comes out on Friday 15 March, so for all those true-crime fans, it will definitely be one to mark in your diaries. Her disappearance sparked a huge investigation involving Portuguese police and Scotland Yard, which is still pursuing leads.