27 people dead at a mass shooting in Christchurch, NZ
March 15, 2019 3:14 pm
People in central Christchurch, New Zealand have been told to stay indoors after gunmen reportedly opened fire at two mosques.
With the possibility of Fijian nationals being part of the worshipers.
Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, NZ. [Source: Fox News]
Around 300 people were inside the mosque at the time of the shooting.
The person who has committed this violent act has no place here. To those in Christchurch; I encourage you to stay inside and follow the instructions of @nzpolice. The Police Commissioner will be making a public statement at 5pm. I will update everyone again later this evening.
— Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) March 15, 2019
Sources say 27 people have been confirmed dead.
A live video which appears to be the shooting at the mosque and documents related to it were allegedly posted online.
NZ police confirm a suspect is in custody.
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/VtkqSrljjV
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) March 15, 2019
A vehicle which is alleged to belong to the gunman was found with several guns in it and writings, reportedly explaining the reason behind the mass shooting.
Stuff.co.nz reports the emergency department at Christchurch Hospital has been cleared out.
Hospital staff are expecting about 40 to 50 injured people, and private hospital Southern Cross has also been cleared to treat the injured.
Radio Tarana’s Pawan Prasad says Christchurch is in lockdown at this stage.
Meanwhile, Former FBC journalist Roland Koroi, says they have been instructed by police to stay indoors.
4/5 …residents to stay inside. We ask all mosques nationally to shut their doors, and advise that people refrain from visiting these premises until further notice.
— New Zealand Police (@nzpolice) March 15, 2019
Koroi who lives in Hornby with his family says they are just 15 minutes away from where the shooting took place.
In her recent presser, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has urged people to remain on lockdown even if it means families are separated.
[Source: Global News]
Arden says this is one of New Zealand’s darkest day as it is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.
She is expected to hold another presser later this afternoon.
Police and ambulance staff help a wounded man after the shooting at a Christchurch mosque. [Source: Mark Baker/AP]