Gunman Opens Fire At NZ Mosque - Multiple Casualties

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A gunman has reportedly opened fire inside a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

It is believed that as many as nine people may have been killed after the gunman opened fire during afternoon prayers.

The Washington Times is reporting that as many as 30 are dead or injured.

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An injured person is loaded in an ambulance following a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Multiple people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. (AAP Image/SNPA, Martin Hunter)

Local media reports suggest as many as 200 people were inside the mosque when gunshots rang out.

Some people reported hearing up to 20 gunshots.

Emergency service vehicles at Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and Linwood Masjid mosque.

Reports just in suggest that a gunman is in custody and that some people have reported that one of the gunmen may be an Australian.

7 News is reporting that he is 28-years-old Australian born Brenton Tarrant.

7 News has shared footage of the livestream, which shows what he did in the lead-up to Friday's shooting. 

The gunman begins the video by saying “let’s get this party started” and listens to American civil war music on his way to the shooting.  [View with caution].

News.com.au is reporting that the shooter was active on social media in the days leading up to the attack, posting a photo of the rifle he used two days before the mass shooting.

Ten emergency service vehicles have responded to what Police have labelled an “evolving situation”.

Police have now said there are at least two active shooter scenes.  

A bomb has reportedly been found in a car located around three kilometres from the shooting.

There are also reports that the gunman may have livestreamed the attack and shared the vision to Facebook.  

9 News shared footage of that livestream up until the gunman walked into the mosque but that vision has since been removed from its Twitter feed.

The shooting comes after the Bangladeshi cricket team went to the very same mosque for morning prayers on Friday.

Their tour of New Zealand has now been cancelled and team members are being rushed onto planes which will taken them home.

Schools in the area have been placed in lockdown.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said "this is one of New Zealand's darkest days".

Prime Minister Ardern could not confirm the number killed and injured but did say the killer did not belong in New Zealand.

She said this is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence. She also said some of the shooting victims may be migrants, but they are "one of us, the person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not".

"They have no place in New Zealand, there is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence.

She also said her thoughts are with the victims and their families and the people of Christchurch who are dealing with what is still an active situation.

Prime Minister Ardern left the press conference and boarded a flight to Wellington. She will be meeting with authorities there and will speak to the media again after she receives a briefing.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has offered his condolences on Twitter.

By Michelle Price