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New Zealand mosque shooting: Latest updates and development of terrorist attack in Christchurch that was video livestreamed by shooter – live updates



New Zealand prime minister: "Our gun laws will change"

What we know about the New Zealand shooting

  • Police said 49 people are dead after shootings at two mosques.
  • There were 42 people hospitalized, including two who were critically injured.
  • A suspected shooter, in Australian national, has been charged with murder. [2] Two others, whose roles remain unclear, are in custody.
  • A man who claimed responsibility for the attack wrote a manifesto referencing "white genocide" driven by "mass immigration."
  • The manifesto said guns were used to stoke the 2nd Amendment debate in the US, and called President Trump a "symbol of renewed white identity"

Follow latest updates below. All times Eastern unless otherwise noted.

Suspect Brenton Tarrant appears in court

Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old shooting suspect, appeared in court Saturday in Christchurch on a murder charge. He wore handcuffs and a white prison shirt and had no expression.

"There is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others," the judge said after Tarrant left.

He did not request bail. His next court appearance will be April 5.

 Brenton Tarrant
Brenton Tarrant at his appearance in the Christchurch District Court on March 16, 2019.

Mark Mitchell / New Zealand Herald via Reuters

                      

Reddit bans forums sharing violate content

Reddit banned a subreddit on Friday that are associated with violence, including r / watchpeopledie, where people had shared live video of the shooting. R / watchpeopledie showed up with the message "banned from Reddit."

In a statement to CNET, a reddit spokesperson said "we are very clear in our site terms of service that posting content that incites or glorifies violence will get users and Communities banned from Reddit Subreddits that fail to adhere to the site-wide rules will be banned. "

Another subreddit, r / gore, was not showing up.

– Caroline Linton

Zealand PM: "Our gun laws will change"

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the alleged shooter had five guns: two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns. Ardern said the suspect legally obtained the weapons and acquired a license in November 2017. So was found a lever action firearm. license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now: Our gun laws will change, "Ardern said in a news conference Saturday morning local time.

Ardern added there were previous attempts to change the gun laws in 2005, 2012 and 2017. "Now is the time for change," she said.

New Zealand Prime Minister speaks to reporters

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke to reporters on Saturday morning New Zealand time from Wellington, New Zealand. Ardern confirmed the gunman had access to five separate weapons and had a license, but also told reporters he was not on any watchlist.

"They were not on any watchlist, either here or in Australia," Ardern said on Saturday during a press conference.

"Today as the country we are seeking answers," Ardern added. "There are five guns used by the primary perpetrator. There were two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns."

In New Zealand, anyone Trump expresses support for New Zealand

Speaking at the White House on Friday, President Trump expressed support for New Zealand in wake of the shooting .

"The United States is with them all the way," Mr. Trump said. "New Zealand has been a great friend and partner for many years. What is going through is absolutely terrible. We are with them and whatever we can do." Trump tweeted his support, saying the U.S. could give any support it could.

"Just spoke to Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, regarding the horrific events that have taken place of the past 24 hours. I informed the Prime Minister that we stand in solidarity with New Zealand – and that any assistance we give, we stand ready to hep. We love you New Zealand, "he tweeted.

– Brian Pascus

" I will not give voice to this propaganda "

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel expressed her revulsion toward the alleged gunman at a news conference Saturday morning local time.

" It is an act of cowardice he has performed, "Dalziel told reporters. "There are no words to describe the revulsion I feel for the propaganda he wanted to bring to us. I will not give voice to this propaganda. His voice is the voice of hate."

Dalziel then admitted she was shocked the massacre took place in her city. "Im very shocked that it has happened here, but I'm shocked it has happened in New Zealand," she said. "The reason we have been targeted is because … we are a safe city and a safe country." She added, "This sort of extremism is not something we have seen here. He came here. He came here with hate in his heart.

– Brian Pascus

Guns covered in white supremacist symbols

12:09 pm: The livestreamed video of the attack on one of the mosques on Friday shows the gunman taking aim with two different rifles with myriad symbols used widely by the white supremacist movement online

The symbols, which have become memes and been incorporated into the codified lexicon used by anonymous white nationalists in online chat rooms, range from references to battles against Muslim armies in Europe more than 1,000 years ago, to numbers that have come to represent the writings of Adolf Hitler.

Terrorism expert on New Zealand attack and manifesto

Even the music p laying in the gunman's car as he arrived at the mosque had meaning; it was a nationalist Serb song from the war that was separate from Yugoslavia in the 1990s, glorifying Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic, who is currently jailed for genocide and other war crimes against Bosnian Muslims.

10:14 am: An Australian senator with well-known anti-immigrant views has come under fire for blaming the horrific attack on the Muslim community in New Zealand on the country's immigration policy rather than racist extremism.

"Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?" Late. Fraser Anning of Queensland said in a tweet. Police in New Zealand have charged an Australian man with murder over the killings, which New Zealand's leader was quick to label a "terrorist attack."

Anning's office released a statement earlier, which was later removed from his social media pages, in which the senator was quoted as saying, "the real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place." The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting.

– Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) March 15, 2019

His statement, which was quickly condemned by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, began with Anning saying he was, "utterly opposed to any form of violence in our community, and I totally condemn the actions of the gunman." White supremacists "borrowing" from "ISIS playbook"

9:15 am : New York Police Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller, formerly CBS News Special Correspondent, Customs "CBS This Morning" at his force quickly decided to "increase police presence around mosques, around houses of worship," on Friday as details of the New Zealand attack came in.

"You'll see a public message of reinsurance," Miller said, noting that many Muslims would be attending mosques for traditional Friday prayers.

NYPD's John Miller on increased US police presence around mosques, houses of worship

The NYPD said in a tweet that additional officers had been deployed to mosques in the city. Other major U.S. Pat.

Miller said the New Zealand attack was further evidence that, "in terms of tactics, the neo-fascist groups, the white supremacists, are borrowing from the ISIS. playbook. "

He said it was ISIS that first instructed its terrorist followers to" that live "- at broadcasting attacks in real time via social media platforms.

Miller said white nationalist extremism was something" we monitor very carefully "It's something that has been emerging. We're seeing an increase in the propaganda."

others about planning planning attacks

8:13 am: morning that the prime shooting suspect in custody, the Australian man who has been charged with murder, has been reported to have been additionally attacked on mosques in New Zealand.

. New Zealand police have said that three individuals were initially taken into custody. One of them was quickly released and police were still trying to determine what role, if any, the other two people had in the attack.

CBS News law enforcement analyst Paul Viollis said Friday on CBSN that while it is entirely possible the shooter was a "lone wolf," in the sense that he had no affiliation with a broader group, he may have had some help.

Given the amount of planning that appears to have gone into the attack – which involved multiple firearms, reported explosives devices and attacks on separate locations – Viollis said it would have been hard for one person to plan and carry it out on their own.

US government reactions to attacks

7:32 am: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement on Friday morning saying: "The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch. The victims and their families are in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate. "

Soon after Sanders released the White House statement, President Trump sent a tweet expressing his" warmest sympathy and best wishes "for the people of New Zealand after what he called the" horrible massacre "in Christchurch.

President Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton said Friday that it "seems to be" a terror attack, but would definitively use the label as New Zealand's Prime Minister did

The US and New Zealand are partners through the "Five Eyes" intelligence sharing alliance, which also includes Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

U.S. CBS News that they would be scouring their data bases on Friday for any reference to the suspect in New Zealand

7:00 am: Sources confirmed to CBS News on Friday that the man arrested and charged with murder for the mass-shooting attacks on two mosques in New Zealand is an Australian-born 28-year-old Brenton Harrison Tarrant.

Video that was apparently livestreamed on social media by the shooter shows the attack in horrifying detail

New Zealand shooting: Australian man charged with murder

The gunman sprayed innocent worshipers inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch for more than two minutes before running back out to the street, where he takes aim at people down the sidewalk before returning to his car for a different weapon.

Police search property linked to shooting

6:16 am: We were searching at home in the city of Dunedin, about 220 miles south of Christchurch, which is "of interest in relation to the serious firearms incident" on Friday.

The police evacuated neighbors in the Death toll rises to 49, 1 suspect charged with murder

4:19 am: Police commissioner Mike Bush said the death toll has increased to 49 people, with 41 people being killed at one mosque and seven at the other. An additional person died at the hospital.

A man in his late 20s has been charged with murder. One of the people in custody was apprehended at the scene with a firearm, but Bush said that person "may have nothing to do with this incident." Officials are still working out of the other two people in custody.

New Zealand's law enforcement agencies had no prior information about any of the suspects, Bush said. suspects

He said it would "not be proper" to comment on how one could have carried out the two shootings, but added: "This was a very well-planned event."

It had been reported earlier that two vehicles were found with IEDs attached, but Bush corrected that one vehicle was discovered with two IEDs.

"I don't know if he's still alive or dead," says mother of man who worshipped at mosque

"I don't know if he's still alive or dead," says mother in Christchurch


3:49 am: Parents of a 35-year-old son they had not heard from him. "I don't know if he's still alive or dead … we've been waiting for news, so we came here to see if he's inside the mosque dead. I just want to know any news about him,"

The parents said they moved from Iraq to Christchurch 22 years ago to come to a safer country.

48 people being treated at Christchurch Hospital

2:51 am: Forty-eight people, ranging from young children to adults, are being treated for gunshot wounds at Christchurch Hospital, according to David Meates, Chief Executive, Canterbury District Health Board. Around 200 family members are on site awaiting news of their family members.

"Once we have provided for the medical needs of those injured, and the wellbeing of their families and whanau, we will be able to focus on the psychosocial wellbeing or our wider Canterbury community, "Meates said in a statement.

40 people are dead, dozens of injured, Prime Minister says

2:36 am: There are 40 people who were killed in the two mosque shootings, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference. Dozens more are being treated for injuries at local hospitals.

"It is clear that it can only be described as a terrorist attack," Ardern said.

The national security threat level increased from low to high, but both domestic and international flights will continue out of the country's airports, except for Christchurch.

Ardern said there are four people in custody, three related to the shooting. She said those three were comprised of one suspected shooter and two associates.

She said the suspects had "what would call extremist views – they have no place in New Zealand or in the world."

Ardern said she wanted to send a message to the suspects: "You may have us but we reject and condemn you."

The gunman referenced the 2nd Amendment in his manifesto

1:31 am: In the manifesto, the gunman rhetorically asked himself why he chose to use firearms, or guns, to carry out the attack. He answered that "I chose firearms for the affect it would have on social discourse," adding that "with enough pressure the left wing within the united states will seek to abolish the second amendment, and the right wing within the US will see this as

"The US into many factions by its Second Amendment, along state, social, cultural, and most importantly, racial lines," he said.

Manifesto posted by man claiming responsibility for new Zealand shooting reveals alleged motive

Man claiming responsibility for shootings wrote of "white genocide"

1:16 am: In a manifesto that appears to have been posted around the time of the attack, a man who claimed responsibility for the shootings describes himself as an "ordinary" 28-year-old born in Australia.

He says his parents are of Scottish, Irish and English descent and writes about what he calls "white genocide" driven by "crisis of mass immigration."

] He says he is out of attack "to show invaders that our country will never be their country … as long as the white man still lives." He says "we must ensure the existence of our people, and future for white children."

The purported shooter says he is a supporter of Donald Trump's in one sense, but not completely: "As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no. "

NYPD and LAPD are increasing security at mosques in New York and Los Angeles

1:45 am: Law enforcement New security forces at mosques have been announced in New Zealand

One of the suspects in New Zealand appears to have deliberately targeted Muslims in mosques during Friday prayers. The NYPD released a statement to the public saying that they are "closely monitoring events in New Zealand, and out of an abundance of caution is assessing security at locations around the city." The LAPD said in a Twitter post they are providing extra patrols around mosques. "

Lockdown for schools lifted, hospital still on lockdown

1:26 am: Police have ended the lockdown on schools, so parents parents picked up their children. The two mosques are still under lockdown as is the hospital where the victims were taken.

"We would like to reassure members of the public that there is a large police presence in the city and the safety of the community is our priority. "police said in a statement.

4 people in custody, police commisioner says

12:42 am: Police commissioner Mike Bush said at a press conference that there are four people in custody. He said three are men and the other is a woman.

"I didn't assume there are others," Bush said. a "significant" number of fatalities

He said they "aren't assuming" it is limited to Christchurch.

There were a number IEDs attached to vehicles that were stopped, Bush said.

Police officers will Now be carrying weapons

Police urged all mosques in New Zealand close their doors

12:23 am: Police said there were multiple casualties at two mosques.

Police also urged all mosques in

Prime Minister: "It's clear this is one of New Zealand's darkest days"

Prime Minister calls mosque shooting "one of New Zealand's darkest days"

11:55 pm: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a news conference that "it's clear this is one of New Zealand's darkest days."

"Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence," Ardern said. Ardern said many of the people directly affected by the shooting may be migrants or refugees. "They have chosen to make New Zealand their home and they are us … there is no place in New Zealand for acts of unprecedented and extreme violence, which it is clear this is."

Witness: "I saw dead people everywhere "

11:55 pm: Witness Len Peneha told the Associated Press he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror.

"I saw dead people everywhere," Peneha said. "There were three in the hallway, by leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque. It's unbelievable nutty. I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone. It's ridiculous."

Brian Pascus, Lex Haris and Brian Dakss contributed reporting.


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