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

New Zealand Prime Minister: "Our arms laws will change"

What we know about the shootings in New Zealand

  • The police said 49 people died after the two mosque shootings.
  • 42 people were hospitalized,
  • A suspected shooter, an Australian citizen, was charged with murder.
  • Two others, whose roles remain unclear, are in custody.
  • A man who claims responsibility for the attack has written a manifesto referring to the "white genocide" led by "mass immigration".
  • The manifesto states that the guns were used to fuel the second debate on the amendment in the United States and called President Trump a "symbol of renewed white identity"

latest updates below. All times eastern unless otherwise specified.

Suspicion Brenton Tarrant appears in court

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

"C & # 39; is a charge of murder brought to the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others," the judge said after the departure of Tarrant.

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

  Brenton Tarrant
Brenton Tarrant at his appearance in the district court of Christchurch on March 16, 2019.

Mark Mitchell / New Zealand Herald via Reuters

Reddit announces forums that violate violent content

Reddit banned a subreddit associated with violence on Friday, including r / watchpeopledie, in which people shared live video footage. R / watchpeopledie showed up with the message "banned by Reddit."

In a statement to CNET, a Reddit spokesman 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 by Reddit. Subtitles that do not respect these rules of site will be banned. "

Another subreddit, r / gore, was not shown.

– Caroline Linton

New Zealand PM: "Our weapons laws will change"

New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said the alleged shooter had five guns: two semi-guns -automatic and two shotguns. Ardern said the suspect legally obtained the weapons and acquired a gun license in November 2017.

"A lever weapon was also found while the work on the chain of events was done has led to the holding of this licensed gun and possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing at the moment: our weapon laws will change, "Ardern said at a press conference Saturday morning, local time.

Ardern added that there were previous attempts to change the weapons laws in 2005, 2012 and 2017. "Now is the time to change"

The New Zealand Prime Minister talks to journalists

The first New Zealand minister Jacinda Ardern spoke to reporters Saturday morning in New Zealand from Wellington, New Zealand. Ardern confirmed that the man has access to five separate weapons and has a license, but he also told reporters that he was not present on any watchlist.

"They were not present on any watchlist, here or in Australia," Ardern said on Saturday.

"Today, while the country is crying, we are looking for answers", added Ardern. "I want to talk specifically about the firearms used in this terrorist act, I am advised that there were five cannons used by the main perpetrator: there were two semi-automatic weapons and two hunting rifles."

In New Zealand, anyone who is 18 or passes a background check can acquire semi-automatic weapons.

Trump expresses support for New Zealand

Speaking at the White House on Friday, President Trump expressed his support for New Zealand following the shooting.

"The United States is with them to the full," Trump said. "New Zealand has been a great friend and partner for many years. What they are going through is absolutely terrible. Our hearts are with them and whatever we can do."

On Friday, Trump tweeted his support, saying: the United States would give all possible support

"I just spoke with Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, about the horrific events that took place in the last 24 hours. I informed the Prime Minister that we are in solidarity with New Zealand – and that whatever assistance the United States can give, we are ready to do so. We love New Zealand, "he tweeted.

– Brian Pascus

"I will not give voice to this propaganda"

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel expressed her revulsion towards the alleged hit man at a press conference Saturday morning, local time.

"It is an act of cowardice that he performed," Dalziel told reporters. "I guess there are no words to describe the repulsion 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 hatred."

Dalziel later admitted to being shocked that the massacre took place in his city. "I'm very shocked by the fact that it happened here, but I'm shocked that it happened in New Zealand," he said. "The reason we were targeted is because … we are a safe city and a safe country."

He added: "This type of extremism is not something we have seen here. I hate it in his heart. He came here to perform this act of terrorism."

– Brian Pascus

Weapons covered with white supremacist symbols

12:09 pm: The live video of the attack on one of the mosques on Friday shows that the gunman took aim with two different decorated rifles with a myriad of symbols widely used by the online white supremacism movement.

The symbols, which have become memes and incorporated into the coded vocabulary 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 the numbers that came to represent the writings of Adolf Hitler.

Terrorist expert on the attack and the New Zealand manifesto

Even the music lying in the car of the assassin while he arrived at the mosque had a meaning; was a nationalist Serbian war song that snatched Yugoslavia in the 90s, glorifying Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic, who is currently incarcerated for genocide and other war crimes against Bosnian Muslims.

Australian senator blames immigration for attack

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

"Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?" Senator Fraser Anning of Queensland said in a tweet. New Zealand police have accused an Australian man of murder for the killings, which the New Zealand leader quickly called a "terrorist attack".

Anning's office released a statement earlier, which was later removed from its social media pages, in "the real reason for bloodshed in New Zealand's streets today is the immigration program that allowed Muslim fanatics to emigrate to New Zealand "

His statement, which was quickly condemned by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, began with Anning saying he was "completely opposed to any form of violence in the our community, and I totally condemn the actions of the assassin. "

White supremacists "borrow" from "ISIS playbook"

9:15: Deputy Commissioner of New York Police for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller , former CBS News special correspondent, told "CBS This Morning" that his force quickly decided to "increase police presence around mosques, around houses of worship", on Friday as details of the attack to New Zealand.

"You will see a public message of reassurance," said Miller, pointing out that many Muslims would be present at mosques for traditional Friday prayers.

John Miller of the NYPD on the rise in the United States pol presence of ice around mosques, houses of worship

New York police said in a tweet that other officers had been deployed in the city's mosques. Other major US cities announced that they would increase police presence around the mosques Friday 19659013 Miller said the New Zealand attack is further proof that "in tactical terms, the neo-fascist groups, the white supremacists, are borrowing from the ISIS game. "

He said it was the ISIS who first instructed his terrorist followers to" die live "- broadcasting real-time attacks via social platforms average.

Miller said that the white nationalist extremism was something very closely monitors, it is something that has emerged, we are seeing an increase in propaganda. "

The suspect claims others planning attacks

8:13: A police officer told CBS News on Friday morning that the first suspect arrested in custody, Australian man accused of murder, said other people were planning further attacks on mosques in New Zealand.

No further information available on his request. New Zealand police said three other people were initially taken into custody One of them was released quickly and the police were still trying to determine which role, if any, the other two people had in the attack.

CBS News order Paul Viollis told CBSN on Friday that while it is entirely possible the shooter was a "lone wolf" in the sense that he may not have had any affiliation with a group more am pious, he may have had some help.

Given the amount of planning that appears to have entered the attack – which involved more firearms, explosive ordnance reports and attacks on separate locations – Viollis said it would be difficult for a person to plan and carry it out alone.

Government reacts to attacks

7:32 am: White House secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement Friday morning saying "The United States strongly condemns the attack on Christchurch, the victims and their families We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hatred. "

Shortly after Sanders published the White House statement, President Trump sent a tweet expressing the his warmest understanding and best wishes "to the people of New Zealand after what he called" the horrible massacre "in Christchurch.

President Trump's national security adviser John Bolton said on Friday that "it appears to be" a terrorist attack, but he would not do it in definitive way uses the label as did the New Zealand Prime Minister.

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

Intelligence sources reported to CBS News that they were searching their databases Friday for any reference to the suspect in New Zealand.

Shootings suspected of an apparently livery attack

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

Apparently streaming video on social shooter media show attack with gruesome details.

Shooting in New Zealand: Australian man accused of murder

The assassin sprayed innocent worshipers inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch for more than two minutes before running the road again, where he targets people along the pavement before returning to his car for a different weapon.

Police search for properties linked to filming

6:16 am: Ne w The Zeeland police said on Twitter that they were looking for a house in the city of Dunedin, about 220 miles south of Christchurch, which is "of interest in connection with the serious weapons incident" on Friday.

Police evacuated neighbors in

The death toll rises to 49, 1 suspect accused of murder

4:19: Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the budget of the victims has increased to 49 people, with 41 people killed in a mosque and seven in the other. An additional person died in the hospital.

A man of about 20 was charged with murder. One of the detainees was arrested at the scene with a firearm, but Bush said that that person "may not have had anything to do with this incident". Officials are still working on involving the other two people in custody.

The forces of the New Zealand order had no preliminary information on any of the suspects, Bush said.

The commissioner said the police were not actively seeking suspicion.

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

It was previously reported that two vehicles were found with the IED attached, but Bush corrected that a vehicle had been discovered with two IEDs.

"I don't know if he is still alive or dead", says the mother of a man who worshiped the mosque

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

3:49 am: Parents of a 35-year-old son It was a mess at the mosque on Friday afternoon, he told TV 3 New Zealand that he had not heard it. "I don't know if he is still alive or dead … we waited and waited and no news, so we came here to see if he died in the mosque, I just want to know any news about him," the mother said.

Parents said they moved from Iraq to Christchurch 22 years ago to come to a safer country. They said he goes to the mosque every Friday.

48 people being treated at the Christchurch hospital

2:51 am: Forty-eight people, ranging from children to adults, are treated for gunshot wounds at Christchurch hospital, according to David Meates, managing director of the health council of the Canterbury district. About 200 family members are waiting for news from their family members.

"Once we have provided for the medical needs of the wounded and the well-being of their families and the Whanau, we can focus on the psychosocial well-being of our wider Canterbury community," Meates said in a statement

40 people have died, dozens injured, the 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 treated for wounds in local hospitals.

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

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

Ardern said there are four people in custody, three linked to the shooting. He said those three are composed of a suspected shooter and two "associates".

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

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

The assassin referred to the 2nd amendment in his manifesto

1:31: In the manifesto, the assassin asked himself rhetorically why he had chosen to use firearms or guns to carry out the 39; attack. He replied that "I chose firearms for the influence he would have on the social discourse", adding that "with sufficient pressure the left wing inside the United States will try to abolish the second amendment, and the right wing within the United States will see this as an attack on their own freedom and freedom. "

" The United States in many factions from its second amendment, along state, social, cultural lines and, above all, racial ", he said.

Man published poster The responsibility for the shooting in New Zealand reveals the alleged motive

The man who claims responsibility for the shootings he wrote about "white genocide"

1:16 am : In a poster that appears to have been published 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. CBS News cannot confirm that it was actually published by the attacker.

He says his parents are of Scottish, Irish and English descent and writes about what he calls "white genocide" driven by a "mass immigration crisis". [19659013] He says he made the attack "to show the invaders that our lands will never be their lands … as long as the white man still lives". He says "we must ensure the existence of our people and the future of white children".

The alleged shooter claims to be a supporter of Donald Trump in a sense, but not completely: "As a symbol of a renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no."

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

1:45 am: The forces of the order officials of the two largest cities in the United States have announced that they are increasing security forces in mosques.

One of the suspects in New Zealand appears to have deliberately targeted Muslims in mosques during Friday prayers. The NYPD has released a statement to the public saying that "it is closely monitoring events in New Zealand and is prudently evaluating security in the places of the city".

Los Angeles police said in a Twitter post that "they are providing extra patrols around mosques."

Bloc for raised schools, hospital still closed

1:26 am: The police have closed the school block, allowing worried parents to take their children. The two mosques are still closed and the hospital where the victims were taken.

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

4 people in custody, says the police commissioner

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

"I don't presume there aren't others," Bush said.

He did not give an exact number of people killed or injured but said that there were a "significant" number of deaths.

He said that "they are not hiring" is limited to Christchurch.

C & # 39; was a number of IED attached to vehicles that had been stopped, Bush said.


Police urged all mosques in New Zealand to close the doors

12:23: The police reported more victims to two mosques.

The police also invited all the mosques to New Zealand closes its doors and asks residents to refrain from visiting

The residents of Christchurch were also asked to remain indoors.

Prime Minister: "It is clear that this is one of the darkest days in New Zealand"

the shooting of the mosque "one of the darkest days in New Zealand"

23:55 : Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference that "it is clear that this is one of the darkest days in New Zealand".

"Clearly what happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence," said Ardern.

Ardern said that many of the people directly affected by the shootings could 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 unprecedented and extreme acts of violence, which is clear."

Witness: "I saw dead people everywhere"

23:55: Witness Len Peneha told the Associated Press that he saw a man dressed in black entering the Masjid Al Noor mosque and then hearing dozens of shots, followed by people fleeing the mosque in terror

"I saw people dead everywhere," Peneha said. "There were three in the hallway, on the door leading to the mosque, and the people inside the mosque. And incredible hazelnut. I don't understand how anyone can do this to these people, to anyone. It is ridiculous. "

Brian Pascus, Lex Haris and Brian Dakss contributed to the report.

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