Gunman who killed two people just yards from Women’s World Cup stadium pictured

A man who opened fire in New Zealand just hours before the Women's World Cup was due to start and killed two people has been pictured.

The shooting took place at a construction site in Auckland at around 7:22am local time (8:22pm UK time) on Thursday (July 20).

Matu Tangi Mantua Reid, 24, also injured six other people including police officers before he was struck down and killed by the local force. Three of the injured are in a critical condition.

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The New Zealand Herald reported that Reid was serving a sentence of five months of home detention, having been charged with a string of domestic violence offences.

He appeared at Auckland District Court earlier this year after admitting charges of impeding breathing, injuring with intent to injure, wilful damage, and male assaults female, the title reported.

The young man wore an ankle tag but had authorisation to travel to the construction site, where he worked.

LT McGuiness, the construction company that works on the site, confirmed the gunman was a subcontractor.

"Today’s tragic event has been a huge shock to us all," it said in a statement.

"Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and all those impacted by the incident that occurred on our site this morning."

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Police Commissioner Andrew Koster said: "At around 8am our armed offenders squad supported by the special tactics group located the offender inside a lift shaft where he had barricaded himself and attempted to engage him, having secured the floors above and below.

"Shots were exchanged, and the offender was later located deceased."

New Zealand's Prime Minister Chris Hipkins “was no political or ideological motive for the shooting”.

He added that despite the shooting taking place yards away from Eden Park stadium, a Women's World Cup venue, the tournament would take place as planned.

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