New Zealand Police have reported a serious incident that unfolded at a construction site in Auckland’s CBD this morning.
According to Police,” they can confirm three people have died, including the shooter.”
Six others have been injured, including Police. They have been taken to Auckland Hospital.2.
NZ Prime Minister Chris Hipkins MP on media release issued tthis morning he thanked the brave men and women of the New Zealand Police.
“This morning at 7.23am a witness called Police to report witnessing a man with a gun shooting in central Auckland at a building on lower Queen Street.”
At 7.34am Police arrived on the scene and the Armed Offenders Squad was there four minutes later.
“I want to thank the brave men and women of the New Zealand Police.”
Police who ran into fire from the gunman straight into harm’s way in order to save the lives of other.
NZ Prime Minister said these kinds of situations move fast and the actions of those who risk their lives to save others are nothing short of heroic.
“I also want to acknowledge ambulance first responders who were there quickly on the scene this morning.”
“This is still an ongoing police operation, and I have limited further information I can provide at this time.”
“Police will provide further updates though the day, but it with deep sorrow that I can confirm 2 people have been killed.”
At this stage I’m aware 6 others have been injured, including Police. They have been taken to Auckland Hospital.
Police have confirmed the shooter is also dead.
The shooter, who police say was armed with a pump action shotgun, moved through the building before containing himself in an elevator on a higher level. Gunshots were heard and he was located dead shortly after.
Police presence will be increased across the city today, however there is understood to be no threat to New Zealand’s national security.
“There is no change to New Zealand’s security threat level.” NZ Minister said.
“I’m now on my way to Auckland to join Police Commissioner Andrew Coster at the scene to provide any support to the response that I can.”
Clearly with the FIFA World Cup kicking off this evening there are a lot of eyes on Auckland.
“The Government has spoken to FIFA organisers this morning and the tournament will proceed as planned.”
“I want to reiterate that there is no wider national security threat. This appears to be the actions of an individual.”
“Aucklanders and those watching around the world can be assured the Police have neutralised the threat and they are not seeking anyone else in relation to the incident.”
“New Zealanders’ safety is our first priority.”