'Just escaped': Cricket team caught up in Christchurch Mosque shooting


Medical personnel transport a man outside a mosque Friday in central Christchurch, New Zealand, where police warned of mass shootings.

Entire team got saved from active shooters!

Meanwhile, the strength and conditioning coach Mario Villavarayen said: "The players are shaken up but fine".

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

Christchurch City council said in a statement: "In response to a serious ongoing incident we're locking down number of central city buildings, including the Civic Offices and Central Library".

The New Zealand Police tweeted that shots were fired in central Christchurch, advising anyone in the area was advised to stay indoors, and that all schools had been locked down. "About ten minutes later they ran out of the bus and ran through Hagley Park and into the Hagley Oval".

Much of Christchurch is in lockdown.

Several casualties were reported by witnesses but emergency services are yet to confirm any details.

Two police officers have confirmed that the bomb is inside a beige Subaru that has crashed on the street, roughly three kilometres from the Al Noor Mosque where the shooting took place.

"Police believe there may be other offenders", the New Zealand Police tweeted.

"They were devastated and terrified and I saw guys who were from the mosque covered in blood sitting in ambulances".

Bangladesh are due to play New Zealand at Hagley Oval on Saturday.

A Black Caps spokesman told the Herald nine of the team members live in Christchurch and are now at home with their families.

A reporter at the scene said people at the cordon were hugging as they passed through the tape. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Sabir Hussain, who was inside Linwood Mosque, said he was "doing a prayer when our Imam (the leader of a mosque) said our brothers have been shot".