New Zealand Police Hunt Gunman After Mosque Attack; Several Casualties

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The Christchurch Mosque shooting suspect wrote "I chose firearms for the affect it would have on social discourse", also said he hoped to draw media attention and hoped to influence political matters in the United States.

A vehicle which is alleged to belong to the gunman was found with several guns it in which had writings on it, reportedly explaining the reason behind the mass shooting.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he's "horrified" by reports of the Christchurch mosque shooting. He said anybody who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand on Friday should stay put.

Ardern said the attacker has "no place in New Zealand".

"We have mobilised every police resource in the Canterbury region", he said.

The locations involved are said to be Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue near Hadley Park in the centre of the city and Masjid Mosque in the suburb of Linwood. The gunman came from the backside.

Another witness told TVNZ he heard gunfire at around 1.45pm local time. "We had to jump the wall to escape", he said. "I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque", he said.

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Local media told AFP that at least nine people were dead and the South Island city was placed in lockdown as police hunted for an "active shooter".

The New Zealand Herald reported there was a second shooting at the Linwood Masjid Mosque.

A spokesperson at Christchurch Hospital told CNN that "multiple" casualties had been sent there, but did not confirm the number.

It's understood around 300 people were inside for afternoon prayers when the shooting happened.

"Police recommend that residents across Christchurch remain off the streets and indoors until further notice".

Christchurch Hospital has urged people to avoid the area unless they are seriously injured. "This conflict over the 2nd amendment and the attempted removal of firearms rights will ultimately result in a civil war that will eventually balkanize the U.S. [that] will not only result in the the racial separation of people within the United States ensuring the future of the White race on the North American continent but also ensuring the death of the "melting pot" pipe dream", he writes.

"A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter", NZ Police said in a statement.

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