New Zealand police hunt 'active shooter' after gunman opens fire at mosque

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Published on March 15, 2019 - Duration: 00:38s

New Zealand police hunt 'active shooter' after gunman opens fire at mosque

New Zealand police deployed armed officers in central Christchurch on Friday after reports that several shots had been fired, police said, and witnesses at a mosque told media of several casualties.

Michelle Hennessy reports.

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New Zealand police hunt 'active shooter' after gunman opens fire at mosque

New Zealand police say they're hunting for an active shooter in the city of Christchurch.

A gunman opened fire at a mosque in the city center - several victims have been rushed to the hospital.

Schools and council buildings in the area have been placed into lockdown.

Police cautioned residents to stay indoors.

Local media is reporting that the gunman opened fire inside the mosque, but police haven't yet confirmed if it was inside or nearby.

Witnesses told local TV they say saw several people lying on the ground.

This is a developing story - more information will follow.

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