No less than two folks had been killed and a number of other others injured after a gunman stormed a constructing underneath development within the New Zealand metropolis of Auckland early Thursday, the police stated, hours earlier than the primary soccer match of the Ladies’s World Cup was scheduled to start close by.
A male gunman was additionally killed, the police stated in a submit on Twitter.
A volley of gunshots was first heard by passers-by about 8:10 a.m. native time as commuters traveled throughout the rush hour. Armed cops and automobiles swarmed the realm, and the authorities shut down a part of town, in what the police described as a “vital incident.”
The episode occurred as groups from New Zealand and Norway had been set to play at Eden Park Stadium, about three miles from the location of the taking pictures. A number of World Cup groups and lots of followers are staying in Auckland’s central enterprise district, and the taking pictures was stated to have occurred very near Group Norway’s lodge.
America crew, which can play its first sport right here in opposition to Vietnam in two days, can also be staying within the space.
“Relating to the incident in downtown Auckland, all of our USWNT gamers and workers are accounted for and protected,” U.S. Soccer stated in an announcement, referring to the acronym for United States Ladies’s Nationwide Group. “Our safety crew is in communication with native authorities and we’re continuing with our each day schedule.”
A motive for the taking pictures and different particulars weren’t instantly accessible. The police stated an armed man had entered a high-rise constructing on decrease Queen Road and went flooring by flooring whereas taking pictures.
“Upon reaching the higher ranges of the constructing, the male has contained himself inside the elevator shaft and our workers have tried to interact with him,” the police stated. “Additional pictures had been fired from the male and he was situated deceased a short while later.”
The mayor of Auckland, Wayne Brown, stated in a submit on Twitter: “It is a scary scenario for Aucklanders on their Thursday morning commute to work. Please keep at dwelling, keep away from journey into town centre.”
Later, the New Zealand Police stated in a submit on Twitter that the incident had been “contained to a constructing in decrease Queen Road, which is underneath development.”
Andrew Das contributed reporting.