New Zealand mosque shooting updates: Many dead, shooter still active

Cheryl Sanders
March 15, 2019

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.

One gunman, believed to be Australian, filmed as he shot victims in the mosque - and wrote a manifesto declaring his intentions, saying that "it is a terrorist attack", according to Bush.

Police in the city of Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island have responded to shootings at two local mosques. The number of dead has not been officially confirmed by emergency officials.

The man who killed or injured tens of people in a mosque in New Zealand has been streaming the shooting for 17 minutes, New Zealand Herald reported Friday.

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

"Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high". He called for residents of the city to remain indoors as police conducted an investigation.

"In response to a serious ongoing firearms incident in Christchurch, all Christchurch schools have been placed into lockdown".

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"Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here.

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

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as "one of New Zealand's darkest days" and said the events in the city of Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence".

Three local schools are now on lockdown.

The New Zealand Herald reports that the incident took place at a mosque, and that there were numerous casualties.

Another witness, Mohan Ibn Ibrahim, told CNN he was inside the mosque when the gunman opened fire.

"As far as we know (the shootings occurred) at two locations, a mosque at Deans Avenue, and another mosque at Linwood Avenue", Bush said. The horrifying video, which has been shared thousands of times on Twitter, shows the shooter entering a mosque before spraying bullets at innocent worshippers. There are also reports of another shooting at a different mosque in the area. "We understand that there will be many anxious people but I can assure New Zealanders that Police is doing all it can to resolve this incident".

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