Reports of ‘Many Dead’ in Mass Shooting at Mosque in New Zealand

'Shots fired' near mosque in New Zealand

Six people have been reported dead, New Zealand local media reported and they also reported of a second shooting at another mosque in Christchurch itself.

Police have confirmed they are responding to a "critical incident".

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said in a statement that "all Christchurch schools have been placed into lockdown".

Emergency services personnel push stretchers carrying a person into a hospital, after reports that several shots had been fired, in central Christchurch, New Zealand March 15, 2019, in this still image taken from video.

The Bangladesh cricket team are wanting to leave New Zealand "as soon as possible", after narrowly avoiding a shooting at a mosque in central Christchurch this afternoon.

According to reports, the squad, along with the traveling media personnel attended the Friday prayers at the mosque, which is near the Hagley Oval Stadium where the match is set to be played.

Christchurch resident Katherine Jamieson is in lockdown in her home, which is located down the road from the Mosque.


A witness told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the mosque. They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval.

"There is a barricade in the middle so if somebody gets inside by using the main door they have to come inside and walk maybe one minute".

Armed police have been deployed after receiving reports of shots fired in the city center at 1:40 p.m. Friday local time.

"Police believe there may be other offenders", the New Zealand Police tweeted.

"I heard a big sound of the gun".

Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team said the players were shaken up, but fine.

Earlier, he helped three people who had been shot at the mosque. "I ran behind the mosque", he said.

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