New Zealand police are responding to a shooting in the city of Christchurch that a witness has described as a mass shooting near a mosque.
The situation is “serious and evolving” and involves an active shooter, police tweeted at about 10:20 p.m. EDT.
“Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high,” the tweet said.
Witness Len Peneha says many people have been killed, but police have yet to describe the scale of the shooting.
Peneha says he went into the mosque to try and help: “I saw dead people everywhere.”
Peneha says he saw a man dressed in black enter the mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running away in terror.
Local police tweeted at about 9 p.m. EDT that a critical incident had occurred at Deans Ave. in the city.
The street is about one-mile in length and home to the the Masjid Al Noor mosque, mapping data shows.
Local police tweeted that the situation was a “critical incident” at about 9 p.m. EDT.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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