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Shots have been fired in central Auckland, New Zealand, in an incident described as “significant” by police.
Witnesses reported that two men wielding shotguns entered a construction building at approximately 7.20am local time. Eyewitnesses claim to have heard up to five gunshots.
Ambulances on the scene in Auckland, New Zealand.Credit: Stuff.co.nz
A bloodied police officer was seen being rushed to an awaiting ambulance.
Police swiftly cordoned off the scene and mobilised multiple emergency services to the area.
“The serious incident in Auckland CBD this morning is currently contained to a building in lower Queen Street, which is under construction,” Auckland City District Police said on Facebook.
“Police ask all members of the public to avoid the lower Queen Street area and for those in downtown inner-city buildings to remain inside their buildings at this time.
“This is a significant incident with multiple emergency services responding.
“A large police presence will remain in the area.
“Police will provide a further update as soon as we are in a position to do so.”
One employee of a local business has been told by police that an offender, suspected to be a gunman, “is down”.
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