Auckland, 20 July 2023 (GNP): A tragic shooting incident in Auckland that occurred just hours before the anticipated Women’s World Cup event, has resulted in the loss of two lives and six others injured, including police officers.
Local authorities are currently conducting a thorough investigation into the matter and have urged the public to refrain from speculating or sharing unverified information regarding the incident.
According to the sources, the shooting incident took place on a construction site in the business sector, near the venue where the tournament was set to be held. The police swiftly responded to the emergency calls and arrived at the scene where they found a gunman discharging a firearm.
The man fired further shots as the police followed him and he was found dead a short time later. An officer was also injured in the shooting, as well as four members of the public.
According to PM Chris Hipkins, the incident was not viewed as a terrorist act. He assured that the tournament would proceed as scheduled.
Moreover, the police were familiar with the gunman, who had a history of domestic violence and mental health issues. Mr. Hipkins said police will specifically investigate how the individual came into possession of a firearm despite New Zealand’s tight gun control laws.
The shooting, according to Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown, had nothing to do with the Women’s World Cup. However, he had issued a warning for residents to stay at home and refrain from entering the city.
In its remarks on the incident, Fifa stated it was in contact with the New Zealand authorities and offered the families of the victims its “deepest condolences”.
“The participating teams in close proximity to this incident are being supported in relation to any impact that may have taken place,” it said.
As per the sources, the first game between New Zealand and Norway began at 19:00 local time (07:00 GMT) in the city’s Eden Park.
Grant Robertson, the minister for sport, announced that more police will be stationed nearby to reassure residents.