The gunman of the New Zealand shooting livestreamed the shooting at Christchurch mosque on social media for over 15 minutes.
A still image taken from video circulated on social media, apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded, shows him entering a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)
The shooting at a mosque in Christchurch of New Zealand was livestreamed on social media by the gunman.
Multiple casualties have been reported at one mosque and another has been evacuated.
As per reports in the local media, the livestream began as the gunman drove to the mosque and parked his car.
“The beige stationwagon contains a cache of weapons and ammunition in the front passenger seat and boot, along with petrol cannisters,” reported New Zealand’s NZHerald.
The local media added that the gunman walked into the mosque as he armed himself. Once inside, he shot indiscriminately. The livestream continued for over 15 minutes, reports claimed.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand Police have urged people not to share the alleged video on social media.
Police are aware there is extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online. We would strongly urge that the link not be shared. We are working to have any footage removed.
New Zealand Police (@nzpolice) March 15, 2019
Witnesses told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque.
The Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at the mosque when the shooting occurred but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters.
Police said they had one person in custody but they were not sure if others were involved. Police advised people to stay away from mosques.
“As far as we know the fatalities occurred at two mosques,” New Zealand’s Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there was no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme violence.
The shooting at Christchurch mosque has been referred as darkest day in the history of New Zealand.