Christchurch shooting

The Indian mission put out on its official Twitter handle the names of the five Indian nationals -- Maheboob Khokhar, Ramiz Vora, Aarif Vora, Ansi Alibava and Ozair Kadir.

The gunman reportedly stormed into the mosque and fired indiscriminately, while blocking the hallway so as to not let anybody escape. He stopped several times to reload, before exiting the mosque through the front door and shooting at the cars passing by, reports The New Zealand Herald.

Several casualties are feared, as authorities are yet to confirm the exact figure of deceased or wounded.