Auckland shooting leaves 2 dead, 6 hurt hours before Women’s World Cup opens

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from The Washington Post,

A deadly shooting in downtown Auckland threatened to overshadow the opening game of the Women’s World Cup on Thursday, although New Zealand’s prime minister said the event will go ahead as planned, with an increased police presence.

A lone gunman armed with a pump-action shotgun entered a construction site not far from where many of the teams are staying on Thursday morning, barely 12 hours before the opening game.

Two people were killed and six wounded, including a police officer. The gunman was found dead a short time later after a standoff with armed police.

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said initial investigations indicated that there wasn’t any political or ideological motivation to the shooting, and there was “no national security risk.”

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