An injured person is loaded in an ambulance following a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AAP Image/SNPA, Martin Hunter)
Four people have been taken into custody over the Christchurch shootings.
New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said three men and one woman have been arrested after multiple people were shot at two mosques in Christchurch.
He said "we have multiple fatalities. At this point, I can't say how many. But, it is significant. They occurred in two locations...two mosques in Christchurch".
When asked by reporters if he could label this a terrorist attack yet, he replied, "we are still looking at the circumstances that surround that, it does not get any more serious in this country".
Police Commissioner Bush said the alleged offenders were apprehended by local police, adding there have been some absolute acts of bravery.
He also said he was not making any assumptions that they could relax now that there are four people in custody.
IEDs found inside vehicles in the area have been made safe.