The city of Auckland, New Zealand was thrown into chaos earlier today when 24-year-old Matu Tangi Matua Reid stormed a construction site with a pump-action shotgun. Two people were killed and six others were wounded, including police officers. Prime Minister Chris Hipkins assured the public that the attack was not being seen as an act of terrorism and all precautionary measures had been taken to ensure public safety.
Reid had a history of family violence and mental health issues, and according to reports, did not have a license to own a firearm. Despite this, he still managed to obtain access to a gun and wreak havoc in the city centre hours before the Fifa Women’s World Cup was due to open.
The brave men and women of the New Zealand Police force threw themselves into harm’s way in order to protect the public from further danger. Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown also reassured citizens that there is no connection between the shooting and the Women’s World Cup tournament.
This tragedy serves as a reminder of how vigilant we should be in ensuring public safety is maintained at all times. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence.
In the wake of a tragic incident this morning in Auckland, New Zealand, FIFA has expressed its condolences to those affected and released statements about the safety of its personnel and teams.
The situation unfolded quickly, with Mayor Phil Goff warning citizens to remain at home and avoid traveling into the city. His words echoed the shock and distress felt by all Aucklanders upon learning of the tragedy.
FIFA then confirmed that the participating teams near the incident would be provided with additional support as needed. The match between New Zealand and Norway at Eden Park was scheduled to begin at 19:00 local time (07:00 GMT), and there were extra police in the immediate area in order to provide reassurance.
As we come together to rally around those affected by today’s events, we remember the heroic individuals who risked their lives earlier to save others. Their courage during difficult moments is nothing short of inspiring, and a reminder that there is still hope amid tragedy.