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Multiple people were killed in a shooting attack on the southern island of New Zealand on Friday, when a gunman opened fire inside a mosque.
The gunman, who was dressed in tactical gear, appeared to live stream video of the shooting on social media, documenting his trip from his vehicle and into the worship center in central Christchurch, New Zealand, where he opened fire indiscriminately.
A suspect was arrested shortly after the attack, but police have not released their identity.
The shooter also opened fire in the surrounding area outside. Police said there were multiple casualties reported, but authorities have not offered any additional details.
"A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter. Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high," New Zealand Police tweeted. "Police recommend that residents across Christchurch remain off the streets and indoors until further notice."
A spokesperson for the Canterbury District Health Board said it activated its mass casualty plan, putting public locations in the area on lockdown.
"Christchurch schools will be locked down until further notice," the police department tweeted. "Police thanks the public for their cooperation and will provide further updates to keep residents informed."
Local news outlets said shots were fired at least two locations, according to witnesses.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.