At 1:40 PM local time, reports of shootings in the city centre of Christchurch were reported. Police arrived to find multiple people were shot dead at two mosques during Friday prayers.
4 suspects – three men and a woman – have been arrested, and multiple car bombs have been identified throughout the city.
According to a witness, one of the gunmen fired for up to 15 minutes, taking aim at 200 people.
One of the suspects, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, an Australian national, posted an “anti-immigrant, anti-muslim” manifesto and live stream footage of him moments before the attack on imageboard site 8chan.
The Bangladeshi cricket team narrowly escaped the bad situation as police arrived on the scene just as they were entering the mosque. They were set to play with the New Zealand team next week but the match has since been cancelled.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke about the tragedy, calling it a “unprecedented act of violence”.
As of an hour ago, the situation is still considered “active” as police are scrambling the get it under control. Mosques have been advised to close their doors until that happens.