Number of deaths in the Christchurch shootings rise to 49

Number of deaths in the Christchurch shootings rise to 49

One of the alleged gunmen has been named as 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, who is said to have live-streamed footage on social media of the attack on Al Noor mosque.

"We are unsure if there are any other locations outside of that area that are under threat".

Tarrant's rampage began when he got into his auto wearing military-style body armour and a helmet with a series of rifles on the passenger seat.

Islam said he was contacted by one of the players as the shooting was taking place and he raced towards the scene.

New Zealand Cricket tweeted to confirm the safety of the players and support staff.

Mr Bush said, "a serious and evolving situation was occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter". "The persons who perpetrated this violence against us. have no place in New Zealand".

TVNZ quoted the police as having confirmed that there have been multiple fatalities, and that there still is an active shooter scenario playing out.

Isam later posted footage of grim-faced players walking briskly from the scene as a police vehicle with sirens wailing speeded in the other direction.

Mario Villavarayen, a strength and conditioning coach with the team, told New Zealand media the players did not see the shooter but heard shots. "This is not who we are", she said. Twitter has suspended an account purportedly used by New Zealand mass shooting suspect, a journalist has reported.

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As condolences poured in for the victims and their families, All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams, a devout Muslim, said his "heart is hurting" and posted an emotional video tribute. Soumya Sarkar was also there, and we were all heading to the mosque for prayers. "The players will be leaving for Bangladesh and I am also waiting for my return ticket to India", he said.

Armed police in New Zealand swarmed central Christchurch Friday amid a shooting at a mosque in the South Island city.

As with the Sri Lanka players in Lahore exactly a decade ago, the Mahmudullahs ducked till possibly a lull in the shooting brought the realisation that they could end up as sitting ducks in the team bus. "There were 18 of us and it was a terrifying experience because none of us have seen something like this before".

Then the team escaped through the back gate to the ground and in the dressing room before they safely managed to get to the team hotel.

One witness told stuff.co.nz he was praying in the Deans Ave mosque when he heard shooting and saw his wife lying dead on the footpath outside when he fled. The players are talking about what they've seen - the blood, the bodies.

Police attempt to clear people from outside a mosque.

After adjusting items of clothing, he says: "Remember lads, subscribe to PewDiePie" and drives off with a sat nav giving him instructions on how to reach the mosque.

"This is the first time that, not only in New Zealand but anywhere else, that I have experienced this".

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