In a bloody, tragic incident in Auckland, New Zealand, three people were shot dead, and the shooting took place only hours before the Women’s World was going to commence. The incident started when a shooter opened fire at a building site in the city’s commercial area. At the scene, the shooter was also put to death.
Thank goodness, the problem could only spread to the one building where the shooting took place. They advised locals to stay inside and stay away from the area. The incident raised concerns because of the approaching World Cup, but the public was reassured by New Zealand’s Prime Minister that there was no larger security threat and that the event would go on as scheduled.
Some of the World Cup teams were affected by the incident, including Italy’s team, whose training was delayed because they were unable to leave their hotel.
However, precautions were taken to assure everyone’s safety, including that of the American team and the spouse of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, who was accompanying the president’s entourage to the opening ceremony.
In order to manage the situation, some streets in Auckland were blocked off, ferry services were suspended, and bus lines were diverted. In order to protect their safety, the mayor of Auckland recommended that citizens stay at home and refrain from visiting the city’s center.
The opening match of the World Cup between New Zealand and Norway was still scheduled to take place at Eden Park Stadium, and a sizable crowd of over 40,000 spectators was anticipated. The incident has cast a shadow over the competition, but measures are being taken to guarantee the safety and security of all participants.