New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirms there have been attacks on two mosques in Christchurch.
The former president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury Mohammed Jama said a man with a gun went into the Deans Ave mosque about 1.40pm on Friday.
Unconfirmed reports said the shooter was a wearing military-style clothing.
"There is no place in New Zealand for such extreme acts of unprecedented violence". "They have no place in New Zealand".
The first mosque has been identified as the Masjid Al Noor. It is a nightmare.
Mass shootings in New Zealand are exceedingly rare. What a frightful day.
In a 74-page manifesto published online he outlined who he was and why he carried out the massacre at the Christchurch mosque.
In a short statement, NZ Police commissioner Mike Bush asserted that "we are in the process of mobilising every national police resource to keep people safe".
Media reported that a gunman opened fire inside mosque in Christchurch's Hagley Park district.
The footage suggests the shooter filmed as he opened fire on the people inside the Masjid al Noor mosque.
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"Police recommend that residents across Christchurch remain off the streets and indoors until further notice".
"In response to a serious ongoing firearms incident in Christchurch, all Christchurch schools have been placed into lockdown". According to the Guardian, police were also warning of a bomb in a vehicle that had crashed on a nearby street.
Three men and one woman are now in custody following the shooting, in which "several" people died.
"You're not safe here, there's a bomb in that auto", a senior police officer told a Guardian reporter.
Police at the shooting in Christchurch.
Hospital staff are expecting about 40 to 50 injured people, and private hospital Southern Cross has also been cleared to treat the injured.
Police are responding to a shooting in Christchurch. He stood in the doorway, blocking people inside from escaping, Herald reports.
Police have not confirmed a specific number of casualties but are warning people to stay indoors until the situation has resolved and to report any suspicious information to police. Over the course of five minutes, he repeatedly shoots worshippers, leaving well over a dozen bodies in one room alone. It remains unclear if more people were involved.
The publication also reported that the Bangladeshi Cricket Team had just left the mosque in Christchurch before the attack.
The writer quoted himself as saying "I only arrived to live in New Zealand temporarily as I planned and trained, but I've soon found out that New Zealand was a target rich of an environment as anywhere else in the West".