Breaking news is coming in on a Thursday night as there have been reports of a shooting at a New Zealand Mosque.
Police responded to the New Zealand city of Christchurch where there are reports of an active shooter who entered a mosque and opened fire.
The first reports of shots fired in the city center was at 1:40 p.m. Friday local New Zealand time which resulted in parts of the city being on lockdown.
Armed police have been sent to various parts of the city with other reports that there was a second mosque that was experiencing an active shooter.
As of now, police have not confirmed deaths or injuries yet.
CNN reports that they spoke with Mohan Ibn Ibrahim a witness who said;
“I was in the mosque. It’s a big mosque and there were more than 200 people inside. The gunmen came from the backside. Gunshots went on for a long time. We had to jump the wall to escape. I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque.”
He confirmed that he had a friend at a different mosque where there were about five people dead.
CNN also reports that there was a video shared online which shows the gunman in an unnamed mosque who opened fire.
Witness Mohammed Nazir told TVNZ that he “heard the big sound, the gun” at about 1.45 p.m.
“The second shot, I run, lots of people were sitting on the floor,” he said. “The gun was (at the) front door, I run behind the mosque and I was sitting behind… and I called the police.”
Canterbury Police NZ tweeted:
“We have a critical incident in Deans Ave Christchurch. Please avoid the area. We will give more in the near future.”
This is very much so still an ongoing investigation and we will update you as we get more news!