Police responding to active shooter at New Zealand mosque

Police responding to active shooter at New Zealand mosque

Police responded to an active shooter situation at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Thursday.

"Police are currently responding to reports of shots fired in central Christchurch at around 1:40pm," the New Zealand Police Department tweeted."

"Armed police have been deployed. Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111."

The Guardian reported that 20 shots were fired near the Masjid Al Noor Mosque, injuring several people. 

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Schools in the area have reportedly closed and political events scheduled have been canceled.

Police confirmed to the Guardian that there is a bomb in a car that has crashed on Strickland Street in the city. 

The Churchhill Hospital, which is a little over a mile from the mosque, has also been locked down.

“We don’t know the details at this time,” a spokesperson for the hospital told the Guardian.

“The whole campus, including the building I’m in, is in lockdown, we are not venturing outside – that’s staff, patients and visitors.”

This is a developing story last updated at 10:50 p.m.