A gunman entered a mosque and began shooting with an automatic weapon in New Zealand’s city of Christchurch on Friday.

Witnesses said there were many dead. Police said they were dealing with an “active shooter” situation.

“A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter,” Police Commissioner Mike Bush said in a statement.

Police confirmed a second shooting occurred at another mosque in the South Island city. No details were immediately available.

Authorities have not described the scale of Friday’s shooting but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors. Police warned worshippers not to visit mosques “anywhere in New Zealand”.

Witness Len Peneha said he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque and then heard dozens

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