▶️ ““He moved through the building site, discharging the firearm”

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Jul 19, 2023 |

New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has provided a timeline of the shooting incident in Auckland in a press briefing in Wellington.

He said “this morning at 7:23am, a witness called police to report 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 arrived the four minutes later.

“It’s with deep sorrow that I can confirm that two people have been killed.

“At this stage I’m aware that six others have been injured including police.

“They’ve been taken to Auckland hospital. Police have also confirmed that the shooter is also dead.

“The assessment from officials is that there is no national security risk.

“There is no change to New Zealand’s national security threat level.”

Hipkins said “the offender was armed with a pump action shotgun.

“He moved through the building site, discharging the firearm.

Upon reaching the upper levels of the building the man contained himself in an elevator and Police engaged with him, shots were fired and he was located a short time later.

“I want to thank the brave men and women of the New Zealand police who ran into the gunfire straight into harm’s way in order to save the lives of others.

“These kind of situations move fast and the actions of those who risked their lives to save others are nothing short of heroic.

“I also want to acknowledge the ambulance first responders who were there quickly on the scene this morning.

“This is still an ongoing police operation. And I’ve got limited further information that I can provide at this time.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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