3 dead, 6 injured in gun incident in New Zealand before Women's World Cup

2023-07-20 Editor : Ji Xiang ECNS App Download

Three people, including the gunman, were dead and six others were injured in a "serious" gun incident in Auckland, a city in New Zealand's North Island, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said on Thursday.  

The injured, who have been taken to the Auckland Hospital, included a member of the police, Hipkins said. The assessment from officials is that there is no national security risk and there is no change to New Zealand's security threat level, Hipkins told the media.  

The offender was armed with a pump action shot gun. He moved through a building site and discharged his firearm, Hipkins said. Eight gunshots were heard, according to witnesses. Connecting streets have been cordoned off, and the public was asked to stay indoors.

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown said all FIFA personnel and international football teams were safe.

Thursday marked the beginning of the month-long FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, which is being co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand women's national football team will face Norway at the opening match at Auckland's Eden Park later on Thursday.

Players from the Football Ferns and Norway FIFA Women's World Cup teams paid their respects to the victims of Thursday's shooting by wearing black armbands and observing a minute of silence ahead of the tournament opener at Eden Park.


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