Live: Ashburton shooting suspect arrested

22:33, Sep 01 2014
Ashburton shooting
The scene outside the Ashburton Work and Income office.
Ashburton shooting
The scene outside the Ashburton Work and Income office.
Ashburton shooting
The site of the shooting.
Ashburton shooting
The cordoned-off scene outside the Ashburton Work and Income office.
Ashburton shooting
A cordoned-off scene outside the Ashburton Work and Income office, where two people were killed in a shooting.
Ashburton shooting
Police near the scene of the shooting cordon off a separate area.
Ashburton shooting
A cordoned-off scene outside the Ashburton Work and Income office, where two people were killed in a shooting.
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Police respond to the Ashburton shooting.
Ashburton
Police respond to the Ashburton shooting.
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Armed police used a helicopter to hunt for Russell John Tully in the Ashburton area.
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An officer directs a pedestrian.
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Police at the corner of Cass and Tancred Streets in Ashburton.
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Armed police prepare to enter a property in Willow St, Ashburton, as they hunt for Russell John Tully after the shooting at the town's Work and Income office.
John Tully arrested
A bike lies abandoned on the road near the spot where Russell John Tully was arrested.
Ashburton suspect arrested
Armed police enter a property after a call from a farmer as they search for Russell John Tully.
Russell John Tully
Russell John Tully has been charged with two counts of murder, and one of attempted murder.
Russell John Tully in van
Russell John Tully was sleeping in his van until he had to sell it.
Russell Tully mugshot
Russell John Tully, 48, is accused of murdering two Ashburton women in the town's Work and Income office, and attempting to kill a third.

Police have arrested Russell John Tully after two people were killed and another seriously injured when a balaclava-clad man opened fire in Ashburton's Work and Income office today.

A massive manhunt concluded about 5.30pm when Tully was found on a rural property south of the Canterbury town.

Our live coverage has now ended. Read the full story on the shooting here.

Here's what we know so far:

- Two people were shot dead by a man at a Work and Income office in Ashburton about 10am. One person was shot dead on site and another died at Ashburton Hospital. A third is in a serious but stable condition.

- A gunman entered the office on the corner of Cass and Moore streets, and fired several shots before fleeing on a bike.

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- Tully, 48, was found and arrested early this evening on a rural property south east of Ashburton.

- Police had 100 staff involved in the hunt for Tully. Residents had been warned to stay indoors and to not approach him.

Residents were scared and some were afraid to leave their homes. Schools and some public offices were locked down

- The shooting has shocked Ashburton town

- Former MP Sue Bradford has been slammed for allegedly using the shooting for political "point scoring".

- New Plymouth's Work and Income office was temporarily closed today after a man allegedly threatened staff over the phone.

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