The Hush Post| 10:17 am |three-minute-read
Two mosques were attacked by a gunman in Christchurch, beginning at around 1.40 p.m. local time, causing several fatalities though no number has been put to it.
The Christchurch Police say they have four men in custody. However, they can’t rule out other gunmen who could be on the run. They say it is still a live situation.
Among those just yards away from the mosque was Bangladeshi cricket team which somehow managed to escape.
Witnesses said one gunman was “white, aged in his 30s and wore a uniform.”
As of now, mosques across New Zealand have been told to shut their doors until the situation is safe.
Christchurch is on comeplete shut down with no people being allowed in or out of government buildings or schools. People are being told to stay off the streets.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has described the shootings as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.” Police have asked social media users to not share a video believed to show one of the shootings in graphic detail.
In a message posted to Facebook, Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel has said all government offices will remain closed.
“This is still an active situation, the police are still doing everything that they can to get the situation under control,” she said.
“We’re not letting people in and we’re not letting people out,” she said.
Dalziel assured all parents whose children were inside the city’s school were safe.
“There’s a lot of speculation happening right now and all we can do is trust the police to do what they do best,” she said.
Journalist Chris Lynch, a radio host on New Zealand station ZB Radio, told CNN that one of the shootings had occurred at “the biggest mosque in all of Christchurch” and described it as “a very peaceful mosque.” Lynch described how there is “literally nobody on the street” right now, adding that the scene was “quite stunning in some respects.”