Firearms incident in Ashburton - update

Firearms incident in Ashburton - update

Canterbury

Police confirm that a male entered the Ashburton WINZ office this morning and has discharged a firearm. 

As a result two people are deceased and a third person is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

This is an ongoing situation and a full police response has been deployed.

Residents in the Ashburton area are asked to stay inside at this time. 

The male left the scene on a push bike and should not be approached.

A media standup will be held at 1230 outside Ashburton Police station.

Police have no further comment at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Christchurch police on (03) 363 7400.

Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

ENDS

Media contact:

Lisa-Marie Brooks, District Communications Manager, Canterbury Police District
Mobile:  021 942 404