No less than two folks had been killed and a number of other others injured after a gunman stormed a constructing beneath development within the New Zealand metropolis of Auckland early Thursday, the police mentioned, hours earlier than the primary soccer match of the Girls’s World Cup was scheduled to start close by.
A male gunman was additionally killed, the police mentioned in a post 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 world, 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 positioning of the capturing. A number of World Cup groups and plenty of followers are staying in Auckland’s central enterprise district, and the capturing was mentioned to have occurred very near Staff Norway’s lodge.
The US staff, which is able to play its first sport right here towards Vietnam in two days, can also be staying within the space.
“Concerning the incident in downtown Auckland, all of our USWNT gamers and workers are accounted for and protected,” U.S. Soccer mentioned in a press release, referring to the acronym for United States Girls’s Nationwide Staff. “Our safety staff is in communication with native authorities and we’re continuing with our day by day schedule.”
A motive for the capturing and different particulars weren’t instantly accessible. The police mentioned an armed man had entered a high-rise constructing on decrease Queen Avenue and went ground by ground whereas capturing.
“Upon reaching the higher ranges of the constructing, the male has contained himself throughout the elevator shaft and our workers have tried to interact with him,” the police mentioned. “Additional pictures had been fired from the male and he was positioned deceased a short while later.”
The mayor of Auckland, Wayne Brown, mentioned in a post on Twitter: “This can be a scary state of affairs 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 mentioned in a post on Twitter that the incident had been “contained to a constructing in decrease Queen Avenue, which is beneath development.”
Andrew Das contributed reporting.