Multiple deaths in Christchurch mass shooting


What you need to know

  • A shooter opened fire at a mosque in Christchurch near Hagley Park
  • Newshub has been told there were 29 shots heard
  • Multiple people have been injured with reports of six killed
  • A witness told Newshub a shooter was dressed in military gear and with a high powered rifle.
  • All Christchurch schools and hospitals have been placed into urgent lockdown
  • Armed police were deployed at 1:40pm and are urging those in the city to stay indoors.

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"I could hear a whole bunch of popping, I thought it was fireworks," said Christchurch resident Alex Hill.

"Someone said they counted 29 [shots,]" he told Newshub.

Another man told Magic Talk he saw people running out of the mosque, and that he had seen a man in military gear with a high powered gun.

"I heard what I thought was a real loud backfire of a car," the man told Magic Talk.

"And the next minute I turned to my right and just saw people running out of the mosque, and obviously just a couple of more shots and a lady fell over and then a guy in full military gear with what looked like a really high powered gun pointing down the road firing"

"Full camo gear and he didn't look like he had a care in the world"

A caller spoke to Sean Plunket earlier on Magic Talk about the incident.