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New Zealand: Active shooter incident in Christchurch March 15

Christchurch police report active shooter incident in the city center March 15; armed police have been deployed and schools are on lockdown

15 Mar 01:59 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 3/15/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/15/2019, 11:59 PM (Pacific/Auckland). COUNTRY/REGION Christchurch
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Event

Police officers are responding to an active shooter situation in central Christchurch as of 14:45 (local time) on Friday, March 15. According to initial reports, gunfire was reported around 13:40 near the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue. A police cordon is reportedly in place at the intersection of Aldwins Road and Linwood Avenue and officers are being deployed to Hagley Park. Officials have place schools in Christchurch on lockdown as a precaution. Residents in central Christchurch are being asked to stay indoors and reports and suspicious behavior by dialing 111. Avoid the area. Details are still emerging.

Advice

Individuals in Christchurch are advised to remain vigilant, avoid the area of the incident, obey all instructions issued by the local authorities, and report any suspicious objects or behavior.

 

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