Christchurch shootings – police updates

There has been a lot of information flying around over the mosque shootings, and a lot of emotion and accusations and assumptions. The police are doing their best to inform the public, but facts are slow to emerge.

We can rightly feel horrified, but I think we need to be careful not to promote publicity for those who murdered and injured people to get publicity.

The latest police statement: Commissioner Mike Bush outlines the latest information about the shootings in Christchurch today.

He confirms that three men and a woman are in custody, but they cannot assume that there are not others at large.

He says the danger may not be over. And there were explosive devices found on cars. So it is a live situation with  lot yet to be revealed.

We shouldn’t assume danger is gone. Won’t assume there aren’t others.
A number of IEDs attached to vehicles they have stopped, made safe by defence personnel.

Earlier:

UPDATE 1

Please attribute to Police Commissioner Mike Bush:

In response to a serious ongoing firearms incident in Christchurch all Christchurch schools have been placed into lockdown.

Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay off the streets and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

UPDATE 2

Please attribute to Police Commissioner Mike Bush:

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.

Police recommend that residents across Christchurch remain off the streets and indoors until further notice. Christchurch schools will be locked down until further notice.

Police thanks the public for their cooperation and will provide further updates to keep residents informed.

UPDATE 3

Police are responding to a very serious and tragic incident involving an active shooter in central Christchurch.

One person is in custody, however Police believe there may be other offenders.


UPDATE 4

Due to the ongoing serious firearms incident in Central Christchurch Police would like to remind all parents and caregivers that schools across the city remain in lock down.

There is no timeframe at this stage for when the lock down will be lifted. The children are being taken care of by schools. On advice from Police, schools will communicate directly with parents when the lock down is lifted.

The safety of the community is our priority.

We will provide updates on the incident as and when they are available and you can get these on our Facebook (link is external) page and website.

Media please note the stand up with Commissioner Mike Bush has been pushed back to 5.30pm. This will be held at the Royal Society on Turnbull Street, Thorndon, Wellington.