On Friday, the police in the New Zealand city of Christchurch said that there are multiple fatalities after shootings in two mosques in the city centre.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush said that four people are in custody but police are unsure if there are any other suspects.
New Zealand: A gunman has opened fire at a mosque in Christchurch with witness reports that there are people laying on the ground and “blood everywhere”. Local media reporting 6 dead. Live coverage on @Channel7 & @7plus. https://t.co/3VoL7ZBx9g #Christchurch #7News pic.twitter.com/3A9ax5M7QX
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) March 15, 2019
He said, “As far as we know (the shootings occurred) at two locations, a mosque at Deans Avenue, and another mosque at Linwood Avenue. We are unsure if there are any other locations outside of that area that are under threat.”
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern held a press conference into the shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, describing it as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”
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
She said, “What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence”.
She added, “For now my thoughts and I’m sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders are with those who have been affected their families.”