Police say active shooter situation reported in Christchurch, New Zealand

Mass shooting at mosque in Christchurch

Witnesses are depicting horrifying scenes from the city of Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday following mass shootings by one or more gunman that occurred at two mosques in the city. "There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque", he said.

There are reports of up to six people dead with emergency service vehicles at Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and Linwood Masjid mosque.

The video was from a Facebook Live stream believed to have been broadcast by one of the shooters.

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

He said the man shot several elderly people sitting on chairs during prayer.

"A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter", New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.

People in the area are being warned to stay off the streets and remain indoors "until further notice".

All Christchurch schools and council buildings have been placed into lockdown. As each magazine is emptied he replaces it with a new one and starts firing again.

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It is reported 300 people were in the mosque at the time.

Another eyewitness said he heard shooting and saw his wife lying dead on the footpath as he was escaping, according to AFP. They are us. The perpetrator is not. "I heard about eight more and then there was another minute and another eight", Jellie said. "The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not".

A police officer attempts to move people away from across the road from a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday.

Local media said there were multiple casualties at one mosque and said another had been evacuated, and there were reports that members of the Bangladesh cricket team were also present at one site. He added, "It's unbelievable nutty". New Zealand Defence Force officials subsequently disarmed the devices safely. "I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque".

Australian diplomats in New Zealand are seeking information on whether any citizens were affected by the Christchurch mosque shooting.

Police have urged anyone in central Christchurch to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.

The horrifying video, which has been shared thousands of times on Twitter, shows the shooter entering a mosque before spraying bullets at innocent worshippers.

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