New Zealand police were hunting “an active shooter” in the center of Christchurch city on Friday afternoon local time after a gunman opened fire at a mosque inflicting several casualties.
“A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter,” New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.
Witnesses told local media there were several casualties inside the building.
The Bangladesh cricket team was in the vicinity of the shooting but all members were safe, a team coach told media.
Media reported that a gunman opened fire inside mosque in Christchurch’s Hagley Park. There were reports of armed police at a second mosque in the suburb of Linwood.
People in center of the city should stay indoors, police said. All Christchurch schools and council buildings have been placed into lockdown.
Police did not immediately comment on whether the incident took place in the mosque or nearby. There is no official confirmation on casualties.