Armed police have been deployed after receiving reports of shots fired in the city center at 1:40 p.m. Friday local time. Authorities described it as a “serious ongoing firearms incident.”
Police have not confirmed deaths or injuries yet.
Video shared online and not verified by CNN purportedly shows a gunman walking into the mosque and opening fire.
“The second shot, I run, lots of people were sitting on the floor,” he said. “The gun was (at the) front door, I run behind the mosque and I was sitting behind… and I called the police.”
According to TVNZ, Nazir saw multiple deaths and injuries, including three women on the ground outside the mosque.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush said in a statement that “all Christchurch schools have been placed into lockdown.”
“Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay off the streets and report any suspicious behavior immediately to 111,” he added.
This is a developing story.