Videos show shooting prior to the start of the Women's Soccer World Cup

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A shooting in Auckland, the most populous city in New Zealandleft at least three dead and at least six injured hours before the ceremony inauguration of the Women's Soccer World Cup.

The attack occurred at 7:23 a.m. local time at a construction site in the central area of ​​the city, when the attacker entered a building and opened fireaccording to the police.

“It is with deep regret that I can confirm that two people have been killedNew Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said in a statement released by local media.

Police confirmed shortly after that the attacker also died in attack, so the death toll rose to three. Videos already circulating show the moment of the attack and the reaction of the authorities.

six people injured

at least others six people were injured, including a police officer, and were taken to Auckland Hospital. Three of them are in gravity state.

The shooting occurred hours before the opening ceremony of the 2023 World Cup in New Zealand and Australia, which will be attended by various personalities and authorities, and the first match of the tournament, when the New Zealand co-hosts will receive Norway.

According to Hipkins, authorities have assessed that it is not a “threat to the security of New Zealand” and that the tournament "will take place as planned."

He added: "No political or ideological motivation for the shooting has been identified."

The two oceanic nations will host the great World Cup event between Thursday and August 20, in which, for the first time in history, a total of 32 women's national teams will compete.

Shooting occurred near where soccer players are staying

The shooting occurred near where several footballers were staying. Some of them went to social networks to report that they were safe.

"Everything seems calm, and we are preparing as normal for tonight's game," Norway's captain Maren Mjelde told Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang during the police operation.

Several Auckland streets have been cordoned off, all ferry services to the city have been cancelled, while buses running through parts of the city will be diverted.

“This is a terrifying situation for Aucklanders commuting to work on a Thursday morning. Please stay home, avoid traveling to the city center," Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown said in a tweet. (EFE and Reuters)

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