NZ Shooting Update: Multiple Fatalities, Christchurch Locked Down As Police Search For Gunman
Multiple people have been shot dead in shootings at two New Zealand mosques in Christchurch during afternoon prayers.
A suspect is in custody, however, NZ police are still tracing an active shooter.
"One person is in custody, however, police believe there may be other offenders," the police said on Twitter.
A nearby car with explosives inside has been intercepted by police.
The city is now in lockdown, with schools and public buildings closed while the search continues. The number of fatalities and casualties has not been confirmed at this stage.
The police have issued statements imploring residents to stay inside.
“Close your doors until you hear from us again,” said Police Commissioner Mike Bush.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called the “unprecedented act of violence… one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”
New Zealand police have also warned mosques country-wide to shut their doors.
Police have advised Christchurch's schools to remain in lockdown; there is no timeframe for when this will be lifted.
Parents have been encouraged not to collect their children from schools, with police saying that they are communicating with schools directly.
Australian PM Scott Morrison has posted his support on Twitter:
"The situation is still unfolding but our thoughts and prayers are with our Kiwi cousins."
NZ Police are expected to hold a press conference shortly.
More on this story as it unfolds.