New Zealand mosque shooting updates: Many dead, shooter still active

A woman leaves the Islamic Cultural Center of New York under increased police security following the shooting in New Zealand

He then exited the mosque through the front door - after just under three minutes inside, and headed into the street - firing random shots as cars drove past.

A video circulated on social media which appears to be of the gunman entering the Masjid Al Noor mosque, and opening fire.

The video was from a Facebook Live stream believed to have been broadcast by one of the shooters.

New Zealand police are responding to the incidents and local TV are reporting multiple casualties.

7 News say dozens of shots were fired and there is a heavy police presence at Christchurch Hospital.

Bush urged anyone who had meant to visit a mosque in New Zealand not to go, to "close your doors until you hear from us again".

All schools in Christchurch have been placed on lockdown.

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New Zealand National Party leader Simon Bridges said in a statement: "We stand with and support the New Zealand Islamic community".

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Police attempt to move people away from outside a mosque in central Christchurch. He added that he thought saw several dead on the scene.

Three local schools are now on lockdown.

"In response to a serious ongoing incident we're locking down number of central city buildings, including the Civic Offices and Central Library", they tweeted.

"Police are now responding to reports of shots fired in central Christchurch at around 1.40pm", police said in a statement.

Police in the New Zealand city of Christchurch said that there are "multiple fatalities" after active shooters opened fire in two mosques in the city center.

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Peneha said he went into the mosque to try and help.

There are also reports of another shooting at a different mosque in the area.

Another witness told stuff.co.nz 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.

Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population, a 2013 census showed. He stood in the doorway, blocking people inside from escaping, Herald reports.

They had been in the area worshipping before they take on the New Zealand team on Saturday. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home and it is their home. they are us.

He was one of 200 people in Christchurch's Masjid Al Noor mosque when he heard shots being fired.

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.

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