There were bodies all over me’: Gunman in ‘military style clothing’ opens fire with an automatic rifle in packed Christchurch mosque ‘killing several people’
At least one gunman has opened fire at a mosque in New Zealand, shooting at children and reportedly killing dozens of people.
Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots and police are responding to the incident at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country’s South Island.
Police have urged people near the area to stay indoors and report suspicious behaviour, describing the incident as ‘critical’.
The shooter entered the Masjid Al Noor mosque 10 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.