Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Witness Says Many Dead in New Zealand Mosque Shooting

Witness Says Many Dead in New Zealand Mosque Shooting

The Bangladesh cricket team escaped the Christchurch Mosque where a shooting incident took place on Friday afternoon.

"Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high", they tweeted.

About 20 armed police are clearing buildings in the suburb of Linwood and police are warning people to stay indoors and to report any suspicious behaviour.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said there was a "serious and evolving situation" involving an active shooter in Christchurch just before 3 p.m. local time.

"They were just outside the mosque about to get off from the bus and go into the mosque when they heard shooting and a lot of people running out and they saw someone wounded in front of them".

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The Guardian went on to report that Christchurch Hospital was on lockdown - that hospital is located approximately two kilometres from the mosque.

The NZ Herald reported that shots were fired at a mosque close to Hagley Park in the city's central area.

A witness told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the mosque.

Earlier, he helped three people who had been shot at the mosque.

"They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval", he tweeted.

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At least six people are believed to have been killed, reported the New Zealand Herald.

Bangladesh are scheduled to play New Zealand in the third and final Test of the series starting from Saturday.

Bangladesh have been touring New Zealand since last month.

"When I heard that there is a shooting - the sound whats coming".

Entire team got saved from active shooters!

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"When that was happening, one of the players had called me to contact the police". They lost their one-day worldwide series 3-0 and have also lost the three-Test series after New Zealand claimed victory in the opening two matches.

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