Armed police have been deployed after reports of shots being fired at a mosque in Christchurch.
Members of the Bangladeshi cricket team have escaped a shooting at a mosque near Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team were bussed to the mosque and were about to go inside when the incident happened.
Mike Bush issued a statement saying there was an active shooter situation that involved "multiple fatalities" and that they had one person in custody, but were unsure if there were any other people.
After reports of casualties at the mosque, another mosque had been evacuated, said local media.
Police placed all of the city's schools on lockdown amid the incident. calling a "serious ongoing firearms incident".
Bangladesh's performance and strategic analyst Shrinivas tweeted about the escape.
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Shootings were reported at the Al Noor Mosque, the Linwood Masjid mosque and Christchurch Hospital.
Radio Sport commentator Bryan Waddle, who is at the Hagley Oval, very close to the Al Noor mosque, is reporting that staff at the stadium have told them to remain where they are after "a new incident".
Witnesses told local media that several people appeared to be injured inside the building.
Reacting to the shooting incident, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that this is one of the country's darkest days.
The team are believed to have been among 200 worshippers at the mosque when the carnage unfolded at around 1.40pm Christchurch time this afternoon. An act that has absolutely no place in New Zealand. And a second one, I ran. He described the experience as "frightening".
She said police were working to get the situation under control.
"Just escaped active shooters!"
The man, who did not give his name said he saw four people on the floor but did not see the shooter.