Prime Minister: “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack.”
At least one shooter murdered 49 people and seriously injured 20 more at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Authorities arrested four people (one has since been released) and charged one man with murder. From Sky News:
The Christchurch terror attack suspect calls himself Brenton Tarrant in social media posts.
He is believed to have written the 74-page manifesto which explained who he was and the reason for his actions.
The gunman live-streamed the attack showing the pictures on social media platforms.
This is the man charged with murder after the attacks in New Zealand.
Sky News has decided not to show the video of the attack, however this is an image from it where he identifies himself. On social media he calls himself Brenton Tarrant.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 15, 2019
41 people died at the al Noor mosque, 7 died at the Linwood Islamic centre, and one passed away at the hospital.
Tarrant claimed he wanted to “create an atmosphere of fear” and “‘incite violence’ against Muslims.” He named other extremists like “Finsbury Park mosque attacker Darren Osborne and Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Brevik.”
Tarrant posted a long manifesto on social media, which the authorities have started to probe. He wrote about his hatred for Muslims, idolized American mass shooters, and donated to numerous white supremacist groups.
He also livestreamed himself as he massacred innocent people. Social media outlets like YouTube and Facebook continue to track down the man’s video and remove it.
Apparently it showed the shooter entering the mosque, spraying bullets around him for two minutes. He then left to reload and went back inside. He left the mosque when he heard emergency vehicles.
New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush described the attacked as “very well-planned.” The police will place armed guards at mosques for the time being.
The authorities “do not believe there are any other suspects but said it was still an open investigation.” Bush did not tell the media if they believe this man committed both attacks and they are still determining “roles of the two others currently in custody.” From The Associated Press:
New Zealand police say their investigation into mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch has extended 360 kilometers (240 miles) to the south where homes have been evacuated around a “location of interest” in Dunedin.
A police statement gave no further detail of how the location might be linked to the attacks in Christchurch that claimed at least 49 lives.
Police say homes around the location in Dunedin have been evacuated as a precaution.
Three people are being held in Christchurch, including one who has been charged with murder, and police say two improvised explosive devises were found in a car.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called Friday “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.” She said the attacker has “extremist views, that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world.”
She added: “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack.”
Christchurch Hospital have 48 patients from “young children to adults and the injuries range from minor to critical.” The hospital also has “12 operating theaters” and noted that “some patients will need multiple surgeries.”
Fox News has accounts from witnesses:
Witnesses said the Masjid Al Noor mosque was full for Friday afternoon prayers when the shooting occurred. Len Peneha told the Associated Press that he saw a man dressed in black enter the mosque and then heard dozens of gunshots. That was followed by terrified mosque-goers running from the terror. A suspect was seen outside, fleeing after dropping what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon, witnesses said.
“I saw dead people everywhere,” one nearby resident said.
Another witness told TVNZ he saw three women shot and bleeding outside the mosque. A third witness said a suspect fired more than 50 shots, Stuff.co.NZ reported.
“He had a big gun and a lot of bullets and he came through and started shooting, like, everyone in the mosque, like, everywhere, and they have to smash the door and the glass from the window and from the small door to try and get out,” he said.
Another witness said the man started shooting outside and continued once he got inside the mosque. He said he “saw people dead in front of” him.
One man described how his friend attempted to take down the shooter:
A survivor at the Linwood mosque said a friend of his jumped on a gunman.
Syed Mazharuddin said his friend “saw an opportunity and pounced on [the gunman] and took his gun”. There were people waiting for the gunman in a car and he fled.
One man told CNN that all he could do was wait and “praying to God, oh God please let this guy run out of bullets.”DONATE
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