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Gunmen Opens Fire At Two Mosques In New Zealand: 'Multiple Fatalities'
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Update: 4 people are now in custody.
New Zealand police say four people -- three men and one woman -- are in custody over the Christchurch mosque shootings, but they "cannot presume that the danger is gone". Live updates: https://t.co/kn1m4gbMyX pic.twitter.com/Ekq9rL3NEz
— CNN (@CNN) March 15, 2019
It is being reported, that police in the New Zealand said there are “multiple fatalities” after active shooters opened fire in two mosques.
So far, one person is in custody, but police are not sure if there are any other suspects. Police Commissioner Mike Bush states, "As far as we know (the shootings occurred) at two locations, a mosque at Deans Avenue, and another mosque at Linwood Avenue. We are unsure if there are any other locations outside of that area that are under threat."
He continues, "dealing with a very serious and tragic series of events in the Christchurch Canterbury area. Anyone who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today not to go. To close your doors until you hear from us again," he said.
It was also reported that the gunmen was on Facebook live during the whole incident. Witness Mohan Ibn Ibrahim told CCN, he was” inside the mosque when the shooting began” and that he heard the gunman "continuously shooting for ten to 15 minutes."
"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 said.
9 people are confirmed dead, and over 40 people have been injured.
This story is still developing.
This sadistic Christchurch mosque shooter live streamed and filmed his rampage. Made it like a first person video game. 9 people confirmed dead. 40 to 50 injured at least. A friend sent me the alleged link. I recommend not watching it, not sharing it. Don't give him publicity.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 15, 2019
White supremacy is a plague. A violent disgusting plague.
Dozens of people have been shot and at least 9 people have been killed by a white supremacist during prayers at a mosque in New Zealand.
He streamed it all on Facebook Live. https://t.co/67re1epxky
— Shaun King (@shaunking) March 15, 2019
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#PrayersUp: We are sending our prayers to the families and citizens of #NewZealand as it has been confirmed that an active shooter took the lives of multiple people. New Zealand police have one suspect in custody, who they say entered two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand and opened fire. Police are urging all citizens to remain inside, and all schools in the city have been shut down. Look out for updates with us, and keep the city in your prayers, #Roommates 🙏🏾 (SWIPE)