A 28-year-old Australian - has opened fire at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch also posted a manifesto online addressing his reasons for the attack.
The man, who identified himself on Twitter as ‘Brenton Tarrant’ from Australia, livestreamed his deadly attack and turned the camera on himself before carrying it out.
Although it’s not yet clear whether that’s his real name or not, and authorities have not confirmed the identity of the active shooter or the authenticity of the video (police told CNN they were “aware” of it), the Facebook page in the name Brenton Tarrant appears to have streamed the mosque mass shooting on Facebook Live.
According to NZHerald reported that the Christchurch gunman live streamed the shooting for 17 minutes in the video. You can see screenshots from the graphic video later in this article.
Unconfirmed preliminary reports say that multiple people – even as many as 30 or 40 -could be injured and as many as six dead. Authorities have yet to confirm that information, though. The Sydney Morning Herald said the hospital was told to prepare for between 40 and 50 people.
According to RNZ, a New Zealand radio outlet, an eyewitness reported seeing four people “lying on the ground,” and commented: “there was blood everywhere.”
A witness told Radio New Zealand he heard shots fired and saw 'blood everywhere'.
Mr Jama said four people were injured and that he saw two people lying on the ground. He did not know if they were alive or dead, Stuff reported.
There may have been more than one shooter inside the mosque, the New Zealand Herald reported.
A man inside the mosque said he ran behind the building when he heard gunfire, One News reported.
A bomb was found in a grey Subaru Legacy three kilometres from the scene of the shooting on Strickland Street, The Guardian reported.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled her planned events for Friday afternoon in light of the shooting.
The Canterbury District Health Board has activated its mass casualty plan and the city council has placed its central city buildings into lockdown.