Palmerston North suburb in lockdown after gunshots near Milson shopping centre

BREAKING NEWS: Gunman on the loose in New Zealand after shots were fired outside a shopping centre

Police called to Milson Line at Milson, Palmerston North, at 10.50am on FridayThey received reports of a gunshots near the shopping centre in the suburb Schools in the area were placed into lockdown including Freyberg High SchoolPrincipal Peter Brooks said he had been messaged an alert to his phone 

A suburb has been placed into lockdown following reports of gunshots outside a New Zealand shopping centre. 

Police were called to the scene following reports a firearm had been discharged on Milson Line at Milson, in Palmerston North, at 10.50am on Friday.

The shots are understood to have been fired near the local shopping centre which is located near numerous schools in the area.

Freyberg High School was placed into lockdown for 15 minutes following the incident. 

Principal Peter Brooks said he had received a text alert on his phone.

‘No one knows why we went into lockdown,’ he said. ‘But I saw the armed offenders squad off in the distance, across Skoglund park.’ 

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