Barefoot, Handcuffed, New Zealand Shooter Smirks In Court

Sergio Conner
March 17, 2019

Ardern said 39 survivors remained hospitalized Saturday, with 11 critically wounded.

Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday after 49 people were killed and dozens wounded in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques.

He says one of those people has been released and the other has been charged with firearms offences.

Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old terrorist of Scottish descent, wrote in his 74-page-long "manifesto" that he sees Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common objective".

Mr Bush said police, pathologists and coroners were working to ensure families could claim their loved ones as soon as possible.

In a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump yesterday, Ms Ardern said the best help he could provide in the wake of the Christchurch attack would be sympathy and love for Muslim communities.

The revelation comes as relatives of those murdered in New Zealand continued to endure an agonising wait for confirmation of the identities of those killed in Christchurch, New Zealand.

While known for having more moderate politics, New Zealand has relatively lax gun laws in comparison with its larger neighbour. Another two individuals are still in custody as the police continue to determine if they were involved in any way.

Former NSW personal trainer Tarrant did not apply for bail when he appeared in court on Saturday and was remanded in custody without plea until April 5.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ms Ardern said in Wellington.

United in grief New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with Muslim community representatives
Camera Icon United in grief New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with Muslim community

"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.

The court was closed to the public over safety concerns, however a number of people gathered outside ahead of his appearance, including a man who told reporters his father was one of the victims. He attended a local gym and was a member of the Bruce Rifle Club in the south Otago town of Milton, New Zealand media outlet Stuff reported.

The prime minister recalled that there were attempts to change the gun laws in New Zealand back in 2005, 2012 and in 2017.

The test was due to start at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday but the Bangladesh team left New Zealand less than 24 hours after the shooting and about an hour after the initial scheduled start time.

Speaking to reporters later, Ardern said the country's gun laws will change in the aftermath of the attack on Christchurch mosques by Brendon Terrant, the Aurtralia-born terrorist behind the carnage.

"The terrorist attack appeared to have been carried out by a white nationalist who posted a racist manifesto online and streamed live video of the killings on Facebook", reports The New York Times. Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country that has had low levels of gun violence.

"She was engaged, she was concerned, she knew what to say", one of the attendees said.

Officers arrested two others following the attacks and are now working to establish whether they had any involvement in the terror attacks against the Muslim community in New Zealand.

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

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One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman was white, blond and wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest. Three Bangladeshis were among the dead and one was missing, the consulate said.

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