Barefoot, Handcuffed, New Zealand Shooter Smirks In Court

Barefoot, Handcuffed, New Zealand Shooter Smirks In Court

Forty-one were killed at the al-Noor mosque, while seven died at the Linwood mosque.

The manifesto also said he chose to make his attack in New Zealand to show that nowhere in the world was safe.

Outside one of the two mosques, 32-year-old Ash Mohammed pushed through police barricades in hopes of finding out what happened to his father and two brothers, whose cellphones rang unanswered.

Muath Elayyan, Mohammed's brother, told the Associated Press his brother helped establish the mosque a year after arriving in New Zealand, where he teaches engineering at a university and runs a consultancy.

"It's a big mosque and there were more than 200 people inside. He enjoyed freedom there and never complained about anything", Muath said.

The man has possessed a gun license since 2017 and belonged to the local Bruce Rifle Club, and practiced shooting an AR-15 - a civilian version of the US-made M-16 - on its range, according to New Zealand media.

Over the weekend Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza held vigils to honor the victims of the massacre, in which 49 people were killed.

He also praised the two officers who arrested Tarrant.

In response to the attacks, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the massacre as a "terrorist attack" at a news conference, saying: "These are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world".

New Zealand has raised its security threat level to the highest.

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A video live-streamed by him on Facebook showed him rapidly firing what appeared to be hundreds of bullets at his defenseless victims using various weapons.

They shared a video message from musicians SOL3MIO, who dedicated a song to "New Zealand, and to family and friends". More people were killed in an attack on a second mosque a short time later.

The alleged suspect Brenton Tarrant, 28, from Australia, has since appeared in court in Christchurch charged with one count of murder, however New Zealand Police said further charges were expected to follow.

"Many of the people require multiple trips to the theatre to deal with the complex series of injuries they have", said Christchurch Hospital's Chief of Surgery Greg Robertson.

"I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today", she said.

Mr Morrison said he has been in contact with Ms Ardern, and that Australian agencies are working with New Zealand authorities. But the 87-page manifesto posted on social media just before the shooting began was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim screeds and explanations for an attack. 39 remain in the hospital, 11 of whom are in the ICU, Ardern said. The other two remain in custody but their role in the shootings remains unclear.

She is calling for gun reform in the wake of the killings.

When asked about whether the same person carried both shootings, Bush said officials were not aware of anything that would contradict that suggestion.

Ardern said Tarrant was a licensed gun owner who bought the five guns used in the crimes legally.

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