New Zealand shootout: 4 arrested, Christchurch still in lockdown

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 15, 2019 10:38 hrs
Mosque shooting

Wellington: New Zealand Police has confirmed the arrest of four people. Mike Bush of the police said four people were in custody -- one woman, three men. "We are still looking at the circumstances around it. Lets not presume that the danger is gone," he said. Police have called it a 'serious and evolving situation involving an active shooter'.

Several people were reported dead when a gunman opened fire at a crowded mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, during afternoon prayers Friday.

Local media reported up to six people were dead and the South Island city was placed in lockdown as police hunted for an "active shooter."

The Masjid al Noor was filled with worshippers, including members of the Bangladesh cricket team. One witness told he was praying in the Deans Ave mosque when he heard shooting and saw his wife lying dead on the footpath outside when he fled. Another man said he saw children being shot.

An eyewitness told Radio New Zealand he heard shots fired and four people were lying on the ground, with "blood everywhere".