Two mosque have been attacked, leaving 9 dead and more than three dozen injured.
Police are responding to a shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Reports suggest at least nine people have been killed. One person is in custody.
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.
A second shooting took place at Linwood Masjid, where a witness says they saw a man leave the mosque wearing camouflage gear and a motorcycle helmet, while unconfirmed reports indicate a bomb was found on nearby Strickland ave.
Police have one suspect in custody, but are unsure if there are other suspects at large, according to commissioner Mike Bush.
I want to ask anyone who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today, not to go.
A crisis meeting of national security agencies is underway at the Wellington headquarters of the New Zealand national police.