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'Blood everywhere' as shots fired at mosque in Chch

'Blood everywhere' as shots fired at mosque in central Christchurch


Armed police have been deployed after shots were fired at a mosque where hundreds of people were praying near Hagley Park in Christchurch.

An eyewitness inside the mosque says he heard shots fired and says at four people were lying on the ground and "there was blood everywhere".

An eyewitness says a man wearing a helmet and glasses and a military style jacket opened fire inside the mosque.

He says a woman and child were among the injured and the offender had an automatic weapon.

About 300 people were inside the mosque for afternoon prayers.

Ambulances are now leaving the scene.

People in central Christchurch have been urged to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.

A eyewitness said it was a scary situation with people running down Deans Avenue, with armed police all around.

Another eyewitness said people are being evacuated from near a second mosque in Christchurch and police are swarming the area.

All Christchurch schools have been placed into lockdown.

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