Accused New Zealand mosque shooter makes first court appearance

17 March, 2019, 08:02 | Author: Donnie King
  • Vigil for New Zealand mosque shooting

We stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters to ensure that they remain this way.

Huang Yan, the manager of the Christchurch branch of China's Southern Airlines, told Xinhua the mass shooting would bring negative impact on New Zealand tourism as Christchurch has just been recovered from the aftermath of the 2011 deadly natural disaster. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush announced the latest death in a news conference Sunday. An officer stopped him.

"We just want our loved ones back now". "Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives".

Mr Bush revealed on Sunday that a 50th victim had been found, while 50 people had been wounded in the shootings sprees at the the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and Linwood Masjid six kilometres away during Friday prayers. The man "went to. assist children in the area to get them safely, but did decide to arm themselves, which is not the right approach", Bush said.

People hold up signs of support at a vigil in Aotea Square in support of the victims of the Christchurch mosque killings in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Bush said at this point, neither of the three individuals arrested thus far appeared to be involved with the shooting.

He said they were praying "to our God of all peoples and of all cultures for peace, tolerance and good will". In some ways, it felt like a first - an internet-native mass shooting, conceived and produced entirely within the irony-soaked discourse of modern extremism, a report in New York Times noted. The couple was due to fly out Sunday.




The gunman livestreamed 17 minutes of the rampage at the Al Noor mosque, where he sprayed worshippers with bullets. They have not heard from him since.

Friends and family-members of those slain or still missing following Friday's Christchurch mosque massacre are facing an heart-wrenching wait for news.

The gunman had posted a jumbled, 74-page manifesto on social media in which he identified himself as an Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.

A steady stream of mourners arrived at a makeshift memorial outside the Al Noor mosque, where hundreds of flowers lay piled amid candles, balloons and notes of grief and love.

At least 49 people were killed in Friday's attack. - AP Signs are tied to a wall at the Botanical Gardens Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

One man at the second mosque in the suburb of Linwood was hailed for distracting and confronting the shooter, preventing further deaths. Ardern suggested "now is the time for change" and hinted she was closely looking at rules regulating ownership of semi-automatic weapons. He also had more assault weapons in the trunk of his vehicle, along with what appeared to be explosives. Police are still working to identify what type of weapon was used, but Bush said "it's quite obvious" he modified his firearm.

There will likely be additional charges, reported CBC News, but the police have yet to release details of what they may be.

Brenton Tarrant, 28, used five guns - "two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm", the prime minister said.

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