Alleged mosque shooter was armed to kill even more people

Esequiel Farfan
Marcha 17, 2019

In it, he identified himself as Tarrant and said he was a 28-year-old Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.

Wearing a white prison suit, Tarrant appeared handcuffed and barefoot.

The Christchurch attacker could have killed even more people as he was on the move at the time of his arrest, and had more firearms in his vehicle, New Zealand's PM said, praising police who responded to the call in just 36 minutes.

After her press conference, New Zealand Attorney General David Parker promised a crowd at a vigil for the victims of the shooting that the government would ban semi-automatic weapons, according to the New Zealand Herald. The attack was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country raised its security threat level to the highest.

The video footage showed a man driving to the mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people present inside.

Police said three people were in custody including a man in his late 20s who's been charged with murder. He is due back in court on April 5 and police said he was likely to face further charges.

50 people died after a gunman opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand during midday prayers on Friday.

Flowers and signs are pictured at a memorial as a tribute to victims of the mosque attacks, near a police line outside Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 17, 2019.

Church services for victims of the attack were held around the country, including at Christchurch's "Cardboard Cathedral", a temporary structure built after much of the central city was destroyed in a 2011 quake.

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Alleged mosque shooter was armed to kill even more people

During the emotional service the woman all held a placard with the words: "Peace will save the world #Solidarity with New Zealand mosque victims".

Speaking to the Indian Express, Ehsan's father Mohammed Sayeeduddin said, "Authorities at one hospital where injured are admitted told her [Ehsan's wife] that he was not there".

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed Tarrant was involved in both shootings but stopped short of saying he was the sole gunman.

Khokhur, 58, and husband Mehaboobbhai Khokhur, 65, had travelled from India to spend time with their son Imran, their first visit in the eight years since he moved to New Zealand. Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country that has had low levels of gun violence.

Ms Arden stated the deadly attacks was one of New Zealand's "darkest days" and vowed to change the country's current gun laws.

'But the Prime Minister has signaled that we are going to look at that issue [banning semi-automatic weapons]'.

Tarrant on Saturday was charged with only one count of murder, though Prime Minister Ardern assured the public that more charges will be added as the judicial process continues.

The AR-15 is a semi-automatic version of the United States military M16 rifle.

A host of world leaders, including US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May, expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks.

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