Don't do it. Don't watch it. To any Muslims, both in New Zealand and around the world I am sorry. What a disgusting day.
Gunshots were heard near the Al Noor mosque around 1:40 p.m. local time.
He asked "anyone who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today not to go".
New Zealand National Party leader Simon Bridges said in a statement: "We stand with and support the New Zealand Islamic community". "It's a very serious and grave situation", Bush said.
Police in the city of Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island have responded to shootings at two local mosques.
- Dozens feared killed as at least two gunmen open fire at two central Christchurch mosques.
A witness to a second shooting told New Zealand media he saw two wounded people being transported by rescuers afterward. "Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here".
All schools in Christchurch have been put into lockdown, as well as Christchurch Hospital.
Police are aware of a video shared online and not verified by CNN that purports to show a gunman walking into an unnamed mosque and opening fire.
UPDATE: 12:18PM: Police are warning locals about a possible bomb found in a crashed auto near the shooting.
People in centre of the city should stay indoors, police said.
Police have surrounded the auto and created a 300m cordon.
Sources tell us that there are multiple ambulances and police cars at the scene.
There are reports of a shooting in Christchurch.
"I can see a girl dead in the middle of the road", Ibrahim said in tears. Police has apprehended a person, but I don't have further details of him yet.
Earlier Friday afternoon, police had urged people to stay indoors as authorities responded to a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque.
"I heard a big sound of the gun". "Armed police have been deployed".
Deans Ave has been closed between Moorhouse Avenue and Riccarton Road.
"You think New Zealand is the safest place in the world, it's just really unexpected".
"They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval", he tweeted.
"The players are shaken up but fine", Villavarayen was quoted as saying. He said one was slightly injured.