New Zealand mourns a shooting tragedy before the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

New Zealand is in mourning after a tragic shooting incident in Auckland, resulting in the deaths of two people, just hours before the city was set to open the Fifa Women’s World Cup. The incident, which occurred at 07:22 (19:22 GMT) on a construction site in the central business district, left six others injured, including police officers. The perpetrator, 24-year-old Matu Tangi Matua Reid, was also killed.

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins asserted that the attack was not considered an act of terrorism. While authorities have not identified any political or ideological motive behind the shooting, they have neutralised the threat, assuring the public that there is no ongoing risk.

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown clarified that the incident had no connection to the Women’s World Cup. Despite the tragedy, the tournament will proceed as planned.

The gunman, known to the police, had a history of family violence and mental health issues. Although he was subject to a home detention order, he had an exemption to work at the construction site and did not possess a licence to own a firearm.

The police will investigate how the perpetrator acquired the firearm, considering New Zealand’s strict gun control laws.

Fifa confirmed that all personnel and football teams participating in the Women’s World Cup were safe and accounted for. The opening match between New Zealand and Norway at Eden Park commenced as scheduled, and extra police presence was provided to offer reassurance.

This ninth Women’s World Cup is jointly hosted by New Zealand and Australia. In response to the shooting, there was a significant armed police presence in the central business district, close to the waterfront and the fan park.

Fifa expressed its condolences to the victims’ families and remained in communication with New Zealand authorities. Tatjana Haenni, chief sporting director for the National Women’s Soccer League USA, was present near the site of the tragedy. The incident has left Aucklanders in shock, as such occurrences are not common in their beautiful city.

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