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Police in New Zealand are responding to an active shooter situation in central Christchurch
  • Police in New Zealand are responding to an active shooter situation in central Christchurch.
  • According to Stuff.co.nz, the shooter may have targeted two mosques and the main hospital in the area.
  • A man with a gun entered one of the city’s mosques at around 1:40 p.m. local time, the former president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury Mohammed Jama told Stuff.
  • Police have not yet confirmed the number of casualties, though witnesses described seeing “many” people dead.

Police in New Zealand are responding to an active shooter situation in central Christchurch.

According to Stuff.co.nz, the shooter may have targeted two mosques and the main hospital in the area.

A man with a gun entered one of the city’s mosques at around 1:40 p.m. local time, the former president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury Mohammed Jama told Stuff.

New Zealand police urged people in the area to stay indoors. It was not immediately clear how many people were injured or killed. The Associated Press reported a witness who said “many” people were killed.

Police confirmed to INSIDER that the shooter is still active, but would not comment on the number of injuries.

According to Radio New Zealand, there were up to 300 people inside the mosque for afternoon prayers.

A witness told Radio New Zealand that a man in a helmet and glasses and a military style jacket entered the mosque and began shooting with an automatic weapon. He added that a woman and child may be among the injured.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said in a statement that the situation was “serious” and has urged residents across Christchurch to remain off the streets as the shooter remains at large.

“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 the streets and indoors until further notice. Christchurch schools will be locked down until further notice.”

This is a developing story. Check back soon for updates.

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