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Yalla Shoot :USWNT Players Safe After Reported Fatal Shooting Near Auckland Women’s World Cup Site | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

UKRAINE - 2023/07/03: In this photo illustration, a 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup logo seen displayed on a smartphone. The 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup will be the ninth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup. The tournament will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, and is scheduled to take place from 20 July to 20 August 2023. (Photo Illustration by Aleksandr Gusev/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Photo Illustration by Aleksandr Gusev/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The United States Soccer Federation announced Wednesday that all members of the United States women’s national team “are accounted for and safe” following a shooting in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“Regarding the incident in downtown Auckland, all of our USWNT players and staff are accounted for and safe,” U.S. Soccer said in a statement. “Our security team is in communication with local authorities and we are proceeding with our daily schedule.”

U.S. Soccer’s statement comes in response to New Zealand Police tweeting that they were “responding to reports of a serious incident” in downtown Auckland.

A gunman allegedly opened fire at an Auckland CBD building being renovated in the city’s downtown area, leaving two people dead and at least six others injured, according to Jaime Lyth of the New Zealand Herald.

New Zealand Police confirmed the two deaths and also said the gunman is dead.

“The offender has moved through the building site and continued to discharge his firearm. Upon reaching the upper levels of the building, the male has contained himself within the elevator shaft and our staff have attempted to engage with him,” New Zealand Police tweeted.

“Further shots were fired from the male and he was located deceased a short time later. Details around what has exactly occurred are still emerging and Police will continue to provide updates around injuries and the circumstances.”

The shooting occurred across the street from the Women’s World Cup fan zone and near the Norwegian team’s hotel, according to The Athletic’s Meg Linehan.

The 2023 Women’s World Cup is slated to begin on Thursday with a match between New Zealand and Norway in Auckland. New Zealand is co-hosting the tournament with Australia.

The USWNT will open the World Cup against Vietnam on Saturday (Friday in Eastern Time) at Auckland’s Eden Park. The Americans also have group-stage matches against the Netherlands and Portugal in New Zealand.

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