Alleged mosque shooter was armed to kill even more people

Sergio Conner
March 17, 2019

New Zealand will ban semi-automatic rifles, Attorney-General David Parker said on Saturday and was greeted loudly by a crowd here on vigil after the horrific killing of 49 people in Christchurch shootings.

Judge Paul Kellar said although Tarrant was facing only one murder charge, it was "reasonable to assume there will be other charges".

New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said the gunman meant to continue his attack if he hadn't been stopped. Footage of the attack on one of the mosques was broadcast live on Facebook, and a "manifesto" denouncing immigrants as "invaders" was also posted online via links to related social media accounts.

It is customary in Islam to bury the dead within the 24 hours.

"We have to be absolutely clear on cause of death and confirm their identity before that can happen".

Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque.

A sole gunman "made the point that there is nowhere that's far enough away", said Chris, who took his children aged 12, nine and four, to the scene of the Linwood mosque where seven were gunned down. "So we are doing that as quickly and sensitively as possible".

The first victim identified was Daoud Nabi, a 71-year-old grandfather who died trying to save someone else from a bullet, according to his son.

"He always seemed to embody the philosophies of the fitness industry which is that we are inclusive and we accept all shapes of sizes and all fitness abilities and we are here to help and improve and help people", she said. Police with gloves and metal detectors combed the street and footpath.

At one stage the shooter returns to his auto, changes weapons, re-enters the mosque and again begins shooting.

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A fourth person was arrested yesterday in the wake of the shootings, but has been released without charge.

When speaking to reporters later, Aziz said he wasn't the one that deserves credit for his quick thinking.

Mr Bush said it appeared all of the victims were linked to the two mosques.

But in just 36 minutes on Friday afternoon, 49 Muslims were shot dead at two Christchurch mosques, leaving more dead than there were murders in all of a year ago.

Two people from Malaysia and Saudi Arabia were wounded, the countries' embassies confirmed and at least three Turkish citizens were wounded, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

Chris said it showed New Zealand's geographical isolation counted for little in a connected world.

"Those decisions have yet to be taken, but the Prime Minister has signaled that we are going to look at that issue", Parker told Radio New Zealand.

None of those arrested had a criminal history or was on any watchlist in New Zealand or Australia. Manager Tracy Gray said Tarrant traveled to Europe and Asia, including North Korea.

Ardern said Tarrant was a licensed gun owner who allegedly used five weapons, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns, which had been modified.

Kim Kardashian applauded New Zealand's lawmakers for proposing to change the country's gun laws following the mosque shootings that left at least 49 people dead.

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