Live: ’Blood everywhere’ as shots fired at mosque in central Christchurch

Police at the cordon around a shooting incident in central Christchurch. - Photo: RNZ / Simon Rogers

Armed police have been deployed after shots were fired at a mosque where hundreds of people were praying near Hagley Park in Christchurch.

What you need to know:

  •   •  An eyewitness inside the mosque says he heard shots fired and says at four people were lying on the ground and "there was blood everywhere".

  •   •  An eyewitness says a man wearing a helmet and glasses and a military style jacket opened fire inside the mosque with an automatic weapon.

  •   •  About 300 people were inside the mosque for afternoon prayers.

  •   •  The manager of the An-Nur Early Childhood centre in Wigram said police gave some parents an update that said there were two gunmen and at least one was on the loose.

  •   •  People in central Christchurch have been urged to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.

  •   •  Another eyewitness said people are being evacuated from near a second mosque in Christchurch and police are swarming the area.

  •   •  All Christchurch schools, Christchurch Hospital and Christchurch City Council buildings have been placed into lockdown.

Follow live updates of the ongoing incident here:

Police are responding to an incident on Deans Ave in Christchurch.

Police are responding to an incident on Deans Ave in Christchurch. Photo: Google Maps

Police are responding to an incident near a  mosque on Deans Ave in Christchurch.

Police are responding to an incident near a mosque on Deans Ave in Christchurch. Photo: Google Street View

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