The head of the Federation of Islamic Federations of New Zealand, Dr Mustafa Farouk, told RNZ that up to 500 people were inside the mosque.
New Zealand police were hunting "an active shooter" in the center of Christchurch city Friday after a gunman opened fire at a mosque inflicting several casualties.
7 News say dozens of shots were fired and there is a heavy police presence at Christchurch Hospital.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush said in a statement that the situation was "serious" and has urged residents across Christchurch to remain off the streets as the shooter remains at large.
All schools in Christchurch have been placed on lockdown.
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As many as 300 people, possibly more, are believed to have been inside the mosque at the time.
Te Ao Māori News has been advised by Ngai Tahu that their Christchurch headquarters are also in lockdown.
Authorities have not said who they have in custody in connection with the attack.
"Police are now responding to reports of shots fired in central Christchurch at around 1.40pm", police said in a statement.
"They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not", she said.
He says he also saw the gunman flee before emergency services arrived.
The Bangladesh cricket team, which was about to enter the mosque, escaped unhurt as soon as the shooting occurred. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home and it is their home ... they are us.
"I saw people jumping over the back fence of the mosque into Oakward Close". He added, "It's unbelievable nutty".
NZ Police commissioner Mike Bush has confirmed officers have made four arrests in connection to this afternoon's shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.
Speaking to CNN, the team's coach said their bus had pulled up at the mosque when shooting happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of New Zealand.