A gunman - believed to be a 28-year-old Australian - has opened fire at a mosque in New Zealand, shooting at children and reportedly killing at least 27 people. Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots from his weapons including a semi-automatic shotgun and a rifle at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country's South Island.
The gunman - who identified himself on Twitter as Brenton Tarrant - live-streamed the mass shooting inside the Al Noor Mosque, which happened about 1.30pm as Friday prayers were underway. The suspected gunman posted a 87-page manifesto to Twitter before the killings, describing them as a 'terrorist attack'.
People were also reportedly shot at the nearby Linwood Masjid mosque. There are also reports of another shooting outside Christchurch Hospital and that a bomb was found in a car three kilometers from the mosque. Police have urged people near the area to stay indoors and report suspicious behavior, describing the incident as 'critical'.