A man with a gun has opened fire at a mosque in New Zealand, reportedly injuring four people.
Witnesses reported they heard 20 shots and police are responding to the incident in Christchurch on the country’s South Island.
Police have urged people near the area to stay indoors and report suspicious behaviour.
Mohammed Jama, the former president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury, said a man with a gun entered the Christchurch Mosque about 1.40pm local time on Friday.
He said four people were injured and that he saw two people lying on the ground. He did not know if they were alive or dead, Stuff reported.
The shooting happened near Cathedral Square where thousands of children were protesting for climate change action.
Police officers were also seen at sports ground Hagley Park and at Christchurch Hospital.
A business owner near the mosque said a man who fled the area told him the shooting happened inside.
A witness said they heard at least 20 gunshots and saw three people lying on the ground.
Another witness said he saw a car chasing two people from outside the mosque along nearby Deans Ave.
He said the people in the car began shooting at the two people.
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