New Zealand police confirmed multiple fatalities at least two mosques in the city of Christchurch on Friday evening local time.
New Zealand police are responding to a shooting in the city of Christchurch that a witness has described as a mass shooting near a mosque.
The situation is “serious and evolving” and involves an active shooter, police tweeted at about 10:20 p.m. EDT Friday. Local media was reporting a second shooting at another mosque in the city.
“Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high,” Police tweeted tweet.
Witness Len Peneha says many people have been killed, but police have yet to describe the scale of the shooting.
Peneha says he went into the mosque to try and help: “I saw dead people everywhere.”
Peneha says he saw a man dressed in black enter the mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running away in terror.
Local police tweeted at about 9 p.m. EDT that a “critical incident” had occurred at Deans Ave. in the city.
The street is about one-mile in length and home to the the Masjid Al Noor mosque, mapping data shows.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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