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Christchurch shooting: injuries reported as police respond to 'critical incident' - live Christchurch shooting: reports of multiple casualties after shooting at mosque – live updates
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Eleanor Ainge Roy, our reporter on the ground in Christchurch, says that armed officers are entering Deyell Crescent, south of the Botanic Gardens and Al Noor Mosque, where the shootings took place.
She reports the whole street has been evacuated and the street is being guarded by armed offices.
An update from New Zealand police:
1/2 A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter.Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high.Police recommend that residents across Christchurch remain off...
2/2 ... off the streets and indoors until further notice. Christchurch schools will be locked down until further notice.Police thanks the public for their cooperation and will provide further updates to keep residents informed.
More shots have been fired in the last five minutes, according to police sources.
Our reporter, who is with the police in Christchurch, heard as police were ordered over radio to attend another location in Christchurch to attend an active shooter situation.
There is no confirmation of where the second location is or whether there were any injuries.
This is from the Associated Press:
A witness says many people have been killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.
Police have not described the scale of the Friday shooting but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors.
Witness Len Peneha says he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror.
He says he also saw the gunman flee before emergency services arrivedPeneha says he went into the mosque to try and help: “I saw dead people everywhere.”
Again, police have not confirmed casualty numbers, though we have seen footage of several people being wheeled into Christchurch hospital for treatment following the shooting. We will let you know as soon as police or other authorities confirm casualties.
Several reports have come in saying there were hundreds of people in the mosque when the shooting occurred.
One witness told the ABC news that he fled after the shooting began and was now running through the streets without his shoes, it is typical to remove one’s shoes when entering a mosque for prayers.
Bangladeshi cricketer, Tamim Iqbal Khan, has tweeted that the “entire team got saved from active shooters”. The team were at Al Noor mosque this morning when the incident took place, he described it as a a “frightening experience”.
Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack
There is a bomb on Strickland Street in Christchurch, two police officers have confirmed to our reporter on the ground.
The bomb is located inside a beige Subaru that has crashed on Strickland Street, about three kilometres from the Al Noor Mosque where the shooting took place.
“You’re not safe here, there’s a bomb in that car,” a senior police officer told our reporter Eleanor Ainge Roy. She and the police have moved back several hundred metres, to stay at a safe difference.
It seems the Bangladesh cricket team were at the Hagley Park mosque when the incident occurred and escaped from the mosque.It seems the Bangladesh cricket team were at the Hagley Park mosque when the incident occurred and escaped from the mosque.
Bangladesh team escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters. They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval. pic.twitter.com/VtkqSrljjVBangladesh team escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters. They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval. pic.twitter.com/VtkqSrljjV
We’re seeing images of victims of the shooting arriving at Christchurch hospital on TV news. Again, to reiterate, we have not had any confirmation of the number or nature of the casualties.We’re seeing images of victims of the shooting arriving at Christchurch hospital on TV news. Again, to reiterate, we have not had any confirmation of the number or nature of the casualties.
Our reporter Eleanor Ainge Roy says there is a crashed Subaru on Strickland Street in central Auckland police believe there may be explosives inside.Our reporter Eleanor Ainge Roy says there is a crashed Subaru on Strickland Street in central Auckland police believe there may be explosives inside.
They are trying to secure the car and have cleared a safety cordon of about 100 metres around the car because of fears of a bomb blast.They are trying to secure the car and have cleared a safety cordon of about 100 metres around the car because of fears of a bomb blast.
Police have confirmed this is an active and critical situation.Police have confirmed this is an active and critical situation.
The shots were first reported in a mosque and at nearby Hagley Park in the centre of Christchurch.The shots were first reported in a mosque and at nearby Hagley Park in the centre of Christchurch.
Our reporter Eleanor Ainge Roy is down at the police cordon, at Strickland St. She reports that the police are all carrying rifles.Our reporter Eleanor Ainge Roy is down at the police cordon, at Strickland St. She reports that the police are all carrying rifles.
Police are currently responding to reports of shots fired in central Christchurch at around 1:40pm.Armed police have been deployed.Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.Police are currently responding to reports of shots fired in central Christchurch at around 1:40pm.Armed police have been deployed.Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.
Schools in central Christchurch are also in lockdown.Schools in central Christchurch are also in lockdown.
The climate change rallies across Christchurch have been evacuated and the prime minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled all events for the afternoon as the police recommend that everyone in central Christchurch stays indoors.The climate change rallies across Christchurch have been evacuated and the prime minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled all events for the afternoon as the police recommend that everyone in central Christchurch stays indoors.
Breaking news out of New Zealand, where it is believed several people have been injured after shootings near a mosque in Christchurch.Breaking news out of New Zealand, where it is believed several people have been injured after shootings near a mosque in Christchurch.
Our reporter Eleanor Ainge Roy is in Christchurch where there are reports that 20 shots were fired near a mosque, injuring several people. We don’t have confirmation of the number of injured from the police yet.Our reporter Eleanor Ainge Roy is in Christchurch where there are reports that 20 shots were fired near a mosque, injuring several people. We don’t have confirmation of the number of injured from the police yet.
Armed police are on the scene and a second mosque has reportedly been evacuated as well.Armed police are on the scene and a second mosque has reportedly been evacuated as well.
We have a critical incident in Deans Ave Christchurch. Please avoid the area. We will give more in the near future.We have a critical incident in Deans Ave Christchurch. Please avoid the area. We will give more in the near future.
This is a breaking story, we’ll bring you more information as it comes in.This is a breaking story, we’ll bring you more information as it comes in.