Auckland shooting: one feared killed near Women’s World Cup hotel | world news

Police at the scene in Auckland (Source: Yvette Kelly)

Police at the scene in Auckland (Image: 1News)

One person is feared dead after a gunman stormed a nearby construction site Women’s World Cup team at a hotel in Auckland, New Zealand.

Police have reportedly closed several streets in the city center and are urging people to avoid the area following the shooting at around 7.20am local time on Lower Queen Street.

The spokeswoman for the US women’s soccer team, which is staying at the SO Hotel near Britomart, said: “All our players and staff are accountable and safe.”

“Our security team is in contact with local authorities and we follow our daily schedule.”

The New Zealand Herald reported that at least six people were injured, including a police officer who was able to walk to an ambulance with the help of colleagues.

Armed New Zealand police officer stands at a roadblock in the central business district after a shooting in Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday, July 20, 2023. New Zealand Police are responding to reports that a gunman fired shots inside a building in downtown Auckland. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Armed police at the scene (Image: AP)
Six people were reported to have been injured (Image: REUTERS)
Police officers urged people to stay away from the area (Image: REUTERS)

Police described the incident as a “significant incident” but said the situation was confined to a single building under construction on lower Queen Street.

Officials urged people to avoid the area or stay inside their buildings if they were already there.

New Zealand Police said in a statement: “The serious incident this morning in the Auckland CBD is currently confined to a building on lower Queen Street which is under construction.”

The US women’s soccer team has issued a statement
Workers could be seen hiding at the site (Image: NZ Herald)
A cordon remains in place (Image: REUTERS)
A police officer was injured in the attack (Image: 1News)

“Police are asking all citizens to avoid lower Queen Street and those in inner city buildings to stay indoors.”

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