In a statement read on TV 3 New Zealand, police said one person was in custody. He said he was not a member of any organization, but had donated to and interacted with many nationalist groups, though he acted alone and no group ordered the attack.
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According to TVNZ, Nazir saw multiple deaths and injuries, including three women on the ground outside the mosque.
Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population, a 2013 census showed.
Earlier Friday afternoon, police had urged people to stay indoors as authorities responded to a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque.
The New Zealand Herald reports that the incident took place at a mosque, and that there were numerous casualties.
Bangladesh's cricket team, which was at the Christchurch mosque were forced to leave after reports of shots being fired.
Once he was satisfied everyone was dead, he ran outside and shot another person he saw on the mosque's front lawn.
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND- Police in New Zealand say there are multiple fatalities at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.
In a lenghty manifesto published online the supposed shooter outlined who he was and why he carried out the massacre at the Christchurch mosque. We had to jump the wall to escape.
While these figures are sure to change, as of this writing there are indications that "many people" are dead with one local outlet putting the initial confirmed number of victims at nine while more recent but unconfirmed reports indicicate the deathtoll is likely to be dozens or higher.
"The players are shaken up but fine", Villavarayen was quoted as saying.
"Police are now responding to reports of shots fired in central Christchurch", the police said in a statement.
"The coaching staff were all at the hotel".
Appearing visibly distressed in the video, the team were filmed running back through Hagley Park back to the Oval.
"The guy just started firing shots, we all took for cover".
Ten emergency service vehicles are at the scene and police said it is an "evolving situation". "This happened at about 1.45pm".
A Palestinian man in the mosque, who did not want to give his name, said he saw a man shot in the head.
The man who claimed responsibility for the shooting said he was 28-year-old white Australian who came to New Zealand only to plan and train for the attack.
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