Three dead in Auckland CBD shooting, including gunman, police confirm

12:56 pm on 20 July 2023
Armed police respond to a shooting in Auckland's CBD.

Photo: RNZ / Marika Khabazi

Three people have been killed in a shooting in Auckland CBD this morning, including the gunman, Matu Tangi Matua Reid.

Police have confirmed one officer and four other people were injured.

The officer was taken to hospital in a critical condition but has since stabilised.

The other four people had injuries ranging from critical to moderate.

St John said six patients were transported to hospital, including one in a serious condition who was taken to Middlemore Hospital.

Police say the situation is now contained.

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins told media a witness called the incident in at 7.23am, reporting there was a man with a gun, shooting inside a construction site on lower Queen Street.

The gunman moved through the construction site, shooting a pump-action shotgun.

When he reached the upper levels he hid inside an elevator shaft.

Police attempted to engage with him, but the gunman fired further shots, before he was found dead a short time later, they say.

Look back over our liveblog to see how the incident unfolded.