WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The police said they were dealing with an active shooter Friday in central Christchurch, New Zealand, and the risk remained “extremely high.”
The country’s police commissioner, Mike Bush, said all Christchurch schools have been put in lockdown, and residents of the city were urged to stay indoors.
The website Stuff reported that the police had cleared nearby Cathedral Square, the site of a rally to fight climate change.
The police would not confirm local news reports that people had been injured or killed, and would also not confirm the location of the shooting
The shooting happened a day after the country’s minister for climate change, James Shaw, 45, told the police that he was grabbed and hit on the street in the country’s capital, Wellington.
While the details of the shooting were still unclear, one purported witness, Mohammad Isam, a Bangladeshi journalist, posted a video of members of Bangladesh’s national cricket team who he said escaped the attack.
The video showed several men in the team’s jersey walking briskly through a park with the message, “Bangladesh team escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters. They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval,” referring to the nearby cricket ground.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern canceled her events for the rest of the day after the shooting.
Reports of the shooting happened as young protesters were gathering in Christchurch and cities around the world to demand action on climate change.