New Zealand police have confirmed that at least two people were killed and others injured after a gunman attacked a construction site in Auckland on Thursday, the day the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicked off.
New Zealand police say multiple injuries have been reported and two people have died. He also confirmed the death of the gunman.
The New Zealand Herald reported that at least six people were injured, including a police officer, who was able to walk to an ambulance with the help of colleagues.
Police said the shooting came after reports of a man discharging a firearm at a building under construction on lower Queen Street.
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Police said the suspect walked through the building and continued to draw his firearm. After reaching the top level of the building, the gunman barricaded himself inside an elevator. The gunman fired additional rounds and the victim was located a short time later, police said.
Police called it a “major incident” and urged people to avoid the area or stay inside their buildings if already there.
“What has come to light is understandably alarming and we reassure the public that this incident exists and is an isolated incident,” police said.
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The incident happened when several football teams were gathering in New Zealand for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The opening match is scheduled between New Zealand and Norway on Thursday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.