2 Killed, 6 Injured as Gunman Opens Fire in New Zealand

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A gunman killed two people and wounded six others in central Auckland Thursday, hours before the New Zealand city hosted the opening match of the 2023 FIFA football World Cup.

A 24-year-old shooter tore through the waterfront construction site with a shotgun in the early morning, plunging the busy centre of New Zealand’s largest city into lockdown.

Police believe the attack was not directly linked to the World Cup, nor was it politically or ideologically motivated, but that the gunman was known to police, to have had a history of family violence and mental health issues.

Police said he had been subject to a home detention order but had an exemption to work at the site.

Written by: Helen Obih

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