Man shot dead after storming mall and ‘losing the plot’ during stabbing spree

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A man has been shot dead by armed police after "losing the plot" and starting a stabbing spree inside a shopping centre.

In the horrific scenes at the shopping centre, three people are fighting for their lives and at least three others are injured.

They also include people who were attacked inside a Countdown supermarket as part of the complex, with the man gunned down by police after the terrifying ordeal.

Michelle Miller, resident, told RNZ: "It’s horrific. I feel sorry for the countdown staff, I feel sorry for the people who were actually hurt here today.

"My prayers go out to them. The police have done an amazing job. They had the guy try to give himself up but he wouldn’t. It’s really sad that they had to do what they had to do.”

Michelle feels “pretty shaken up” and says she saw him “running around with a knife, then he just lost the plot. Whether he was on drugs or whatever, I do not know. But I stand by the police on what they done here today.”

Michelle said she went to her car and heard the gunshots but didn't see anyone injured at first.

But she heard a "lot of screaming" with witnesses "absolutely beside themselves".

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Another witness who was walking nearby says he saw armed police swoop in, after seeing a woman blocking the car park exit and yelling for the cops.

Mike Norman added the atmosphere was tense and after feeling concerned for his own safety, returned home.

One witness inside the supermarket at the time 'heard someone scream before everyone began running towards the door'.

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He said people were "visibly frightened" and staff were unable to communicate "due to the chaos".

Others barricaded themselves in the pharmacy after hearing the shots, and two men reportedly stood against the door to keep it closed, before being escorted out by staff via a back exit.

It's unclear how many people were injured by gunshots or knife wounds, however, witnesses say they heard people shout "he's got a gun" and "he's got a knife" at the scene.

Videos on social media appear to show shoppers warning each other about a man with a knife before a series of gunshots rang out.

It's believed two people were shot.

Police have confirmed a man entered the New Lynn supermarket in the mall and injured multiple shoppers.

They describe the scene as "still unfolding".

New Lynn MP Deborah Russell says she offers her deep sympathy for those involved but doesn't know enough to comment.

Roads nearby the mall have been shut down due to the incident and the shopping mall has been closed off, with at least 10 cop cars outside.

It's understood the LynnMall is a complex made up of several shops including the supermarket.

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