Suspect in Christchurch mosque shootings to appear in court

Lamar Ellis
March 17, 2019

Of those killed in the massacre, 41 died at the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue in central Christchurch, seven were killed at the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque, and one person died at Christchurch Hospital.

The judge briefed the media before the hearing, saying videos and photographs were only released by approved New Zealand media outlets including TVNZ and RNZ.

New Zealand mosque attacks: Brenton Harrison Tarrant live-streamed for about 17 minutes his rampage through two mosques.

"At just that moment, there was one young guy who usually takes care of the mosque and helps with parking and other stuff, so (the man) saw an opportunity and he pounced over to him and grabbed his gun. He enjoyed freedom there and never complained about anything", Muath said.

New Zealand, with a population of 5 million, has relatively loose gun laws and an estimated 1.5 million firearms, or roughly one for every three people.

People gather at a vigil for Christchurch shootings victims at Lakemba Mosque in Sydney, Australia, March 15, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media.

Two armed guards brought Brenton Tarrant into court.

New Zealand police said 49 people were killed and 42 were being treated for wounds, including a four-year-old child.

Muslims were advised to stay away from mosques while the nation's security alert remained at the second-highest level a day after the deadliest shooting in modern New Zealand history.

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Brenton Tarrant posted a 73-page manifesto on twitter before he started to kill people, he described them as a terrorist attack. Qureshi said that he has made contact with Pakistan's ambassador to New Zealand to gather details of the terror attack.

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Police said they were aware of a video shared online and broadcast live during the attack, which apparently showed a gunman walking into a mosque and opening fire.

Tarrant is 28 and was arraigned Saturday on the first of many expected murder charges.

"While work is being done as to the chain of events that lead to both the holding of this gun licence and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now; our gun laws will change", She said, adding that there had been attempts to change the national gun laws in 2005, 2012 and after an inquiry in 2017. He says 36 victims remain hospitalized, with two of them in critical condition.

At least 49 people were killed in Friday's attack.

The suspect, who is an Australian citizen, was living in the southern city of Dunedin, about 225 miles from Christchurch, at the time of the attack, Ardern said. A couple apprehended at a cordon for carrying firearms not believe to be involved in the attacks, Bush said.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Pacific Area Presidency also released a statement of support for Muslim communities and all others impacted by the Christchurch shootings.

"Charges have been laid, we can expect additional charges will be appearing in the high court on the fifth of April, so there is obviously a process that needs to be gone through here", she said.

They said they were saddened by the "senseless" attacks.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed this afternoon that her government will look into changing New Zealand's gun laws, in light of the revelation that the alleged Christchurch gunman's weapons yesterday appeared to have been modified.

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