THREE people have died after a gunman opened fire on a building site in New Zealand.
Two bystanders and a male shooter were killed in the horror in Auckland, which left six – including police officers – injured.
The incident unfolded just hours before the FIFA Women’s World Cup is set to open yards away in Eden Park stadium.
Cops rushed to the scene after reports a person fired shots inside the site on lower Queen Street at around 7.22am local time.
A significant number of police responded and cordoned off the area.
A cop helicopter was also deployed and provided oversight to the unfolding situation.
The shooter moved through the building site and continued to fire his pump-action shotgun.
Cops confirmed the attack posed no risk to national security.
New Zealand Police tweeted: “Upon reaching the upper levels of the building, the male has contained himself within the elevator shaft and our staff have attempted to engage with him”.
“Further shots were fired from the male and he was located deceased a short time later.
“Details around what has exactly occurred are still emerging and police will continue to provide updates around injuries and the circumstances”.
Cops are investigating the shooting incident and have placed cordons while urging the public to stay away from the area.
“What has unfolded is understandably alarming and we are reassuring the public that this incident has been contained and is an isolated incident,” they said.
“We can also advise that this is not a national security risk”.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Chris Hipkins, has also confirmed that the football tournament will proceed as planned.
“Aucklanders and those watching around the world can be assured that the police have neutralised the threat and that they are not seeking anybody else in relation to the incident,” Hipkins said.
The building site that the incident occurred on is located close to the Eden Park stadium where the World Cup opening is set to take place.
The shooting is not thought to be connected to the tournament.
New Zealand Football tweeted: “New Zealand Football are shocked by the incident in Auckland CBD this morning.
“We can confirm that all of the Football Ferns team and staff are safe but we will not be able to comment further while details are still emerging”.
Speaking in Parliament, Hipkins confirmed the two people killed by the gunman were civilians.
His understanding is that there “was no political or ideological motive for the shooting”.
“This is a scary situation for Aucklanders on their Thursday morning commute to work. Please stay at home, avoid travel into the city centre,” Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown wrote in a tweet.
New Zealand is due to play Norway at the World Cup opener tonight,
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