Paramedics help a man outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. | APParamedics help a man outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. | AP

Christchurch, NZ: Gunman opens fire in mosques – multiple fatalities and injuries

This is a developing story as the hostage situation is ongoing. Updates will be posted once available.

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Police have said ‘four people – three men and one woman has been taken into custody.

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Killer has released a 19 second live video clip of the shooting – we are not going to share the video.

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Multiple fatalities were inflicted at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday when at least one gunman opened fire on worshippers.

“This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. “Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”

Witnesses told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque.

New Zealand’s Police Commissioner Mike Bush said “as far as we know” multiple fatalities occurred at two mosques. Police had one person in custody but they were not sure if others were involved, and people should stay away from mosques.

Police said earlier they were hunting “an active shooter” in the center of Christchurch city.

“A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter,” New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.

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