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Shooting in Auckland hours before Women's World Cup kills two

Shooting in Auckland hours before Women’s World Cup kills two

Shooting in Auckland hours before Women’s World Cup kills two, Policemen also injured

Hours before the FIFA Women’s World Cup kicked off in Auckland, two individuals were killed in a deadly shooting.

A tragic incident occurred at a construction site in the central business district, resulting in six individuals, including police officers, being injured. The gunman involved in the incident is also deceased.

The Incident

On July 20, 2023, Matu Tangi Matua Reid, armed with a pump-action shotgun, entered the Deloitte Centre in the Auckland Central Business District, which was undergoing redevelopment at the time. At at 7:22 a.m. NZST, he started shooting at the construction site, killing two individuals.

While firing, Reid walked throughout the structure until isolating himself in a lift on the higher floors. Armed Offenders Squad came four minutes after the police at 7:34 a.m. While Reid began firing, officers entered the structure. It is not clear that if police had shot the gunman or he had killed himself. He had previously worked there as a construction worker.

Fifa Women’s World Cup 2023

Australia and New Zealand are hosting the ninth Women’s World Cup together.

PM Chris Hipkins stated that the authorities do not consider this attack to be an act of terrorism. He confirmed that the planned tournament would proceed as scheduled.

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown emphasized that the shooting is not related to the Women’s World Cup in any manner.

 

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