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Police say active shooter situation reported in Christchurch, New Zealand

Police say active shooter situation reported in Christchurch, New Zealand”

One suspect is in custody but police warned they are still tracing an active shooter.

Prior to the shooting, the man uploaded a lengthy 73-pages manifesto explaining in details why he commited his atrocity.

He said the attack happened as some of Bangladesh players disembarked from a team bus and were about to enter the mosque.

She said while many people affected may be migrants or refugees "they have chosen to make New Zealand their home and it is their home. They are one of us.The person who perpetrated this is not".

At least 27 people were killed and many more wounded during his minutes-long rampage. "It's a very serious and grave situation", Bush said.

New Zealand police are responding to the incidents and local TV are reporting multiple casualties. There is also a report of a gunman at a second Christchurch mosque in Linwood.

"I was in the side room, so I didn't see who was shooting but I saw that some people were running out to my room where I was in, I saw some people had blood on their body and some people were limping".

He said some managed to escape through windows and doors but "many people had been hit, some as young as 16".

"It's unbelievably nutty. I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone".

"Horrified to hear of Christchurch mosque shootings".

Ms Jamieson said outside the Al Noor mosque there were "people crying everywhere". I spoke to one of them shortly after (the incident), the team's strength and conditioning coach Mario Villavarayen said. "I ran behind the mosque", he told TVNZ.

An eyewitness told radionz.co.nz the gunman had an automatic weapon and was wearing "a helmet and glasses and a military style jacket".

Mark Nichols told the Herald he heard about five gunshots and that a Friday prayer goer returned fire with a rifle or shotgun.

He saw two injured people carried on stretchers past his shop.

Police said they were in the process of mobilizing every national police resource to respond to the incident.

The man said he initially planned to target a mosque in Dunedin, but changed to the Al Noor Mosque because it had "far more invaders".

A vehicle which is alleged to belong to the gunman was found with several guns it in which had writings on it, reportedly explaining the reason behind the mass shooting.

There are unconfirmed reports that the people (shooters) are still at large and that there are shootings in multiple locations.



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