New Zealand Police Hunt Gunman After Mosque Attack; Several Casualties

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 15, 2019

Mass shootings in New Zealand are exceedingly rare.

He said he "disliked" Muslims and hated those who had converted to the religion, calling them "blood traitors".

Apart from numerous witness reports of casualties, a reporter following the Bangladesh cricket team, who are now in New Zealand, tweeted that the team had "escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters".

"They are us", said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of the mosque victims. One individual in custody, "but we are unsure if there are other people".

An estimated 300 people were inside the mosque for Friday prayers, including members of the touring Bangladesh cricket team, who all escaped unhurt.

The AP and other news outlets are reporting that a mass shooting has taken place in one, or possibly two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"The guy just started firing shots, we all took for cover".

Police advised people to stay away from mosques.

"Some had been shot and then about five minutes after that the police turned up".

Witness Len Peneha says he saw a man dressed in black enter the mosque - believed to have hundreds of people inside - and then heard dozens of shots.

"I saw people jumping over the back fence of the mosque into Oakward Close".

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About 10 to 15 people were seen outside the mosque, "some alive, some dead", said Clarke.

"The second shot, I run, lots of people were sitting on the floor", he said.

"Police is now at a number of scenes", police said.

Police have urged anyone in central Christchurch to stay off the streets and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.

Soon after, gunmen opened fire at another mosque.

The viewers of the stream could watch as he armed himself, walked into the mosque and started shooting indiscriminately. He described the man as white-skinned, blond, short, and wearing a helmet and bulletproof vest.

The PM said the act of violence had shocked and horrified New Zealanders.

Stuff.co.nz claim a man said there were "bodies all over me".

He said the shooting has shaken the community.

"It has occurred in a place where people should have been expressing their religious freedom, where they should have been in a safe environment and they have not been today".

"It is just devastating news to hear in our local community and in our city". It was affected by a devastating natural disaster in February 2011, which killed 185 people and triggered the collapse of thousands of buildings across the city.

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