Police are responding to what appears to be a shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. One witness reports a man entered the building with an automatic rifle and shot several people.

(**)(***)(*)The shooter entered the mosque (**********************) minutes after prayers began and let off (****)“dozens, if not hundreds of rounds,”(*****) witness Ahmad al-Mahmoud told New Zealand outlet Stuff. He described the man as white-skinned, blond, short, and wearing a helmet and bulletproof vest.(**)(***)(******)(*******)(********)We have a critical incident in Deans Ave Christchurch. Please avoid the area. We will give more in the near future.(**)— Canterbury Police NZ (@NZPCanterbury) (*********)March (*********************), (*****************)(**********)(***********)(************)(*************)(*)About (********************) officers are clearing nearby buildings, while Christchurch schools have been placed on lockdown. Another witness said he saw (****)“a man in handcuffs being led away by police.”(*****)(**)(*)Multiple witnesses, cited by media, have reported several people were killed, though police have not confirmed that. Witness Muhammad Alsouzan says (****)“up to (*********************)”(*****) were shot inside the mosque.(**)(*)Christchurch Hospital staff are expecting about (*******************) to (******************) injured people and have cleared out the emergency department in preparation.(**)(*)(**************)DETAILS TO FOLLOW(***************)(**)(*************)


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