49 Dead In New Zealand Mosque Shootings; One Man Charged; Gunman Livestreamed Attack
49 Dead In New Zealand Mosque Shootings; One Man Charged; Gunman Livestreamed Attack from ZeroHedge
The death toll in the Christchurch mosque attacks now stands at 49 people and dozens injured in the worst mass shooting in New Zealand history. The deadliest attack was on the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch at about 1:45 p.m., where 41 of the 49 people were killed.
Witness Len Peneha said he saw a man dressed in black enter the mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror. –Bloomberg
At least 48 patients with gunshot wounds were being treated at Christchurch Hospital.
A male in his 20s has been charged with murder and will appear in court tomorrow, while police found two explosive devices found one of the perpetrators’ vehicles – one of which was deactivated, and the other was being worked on by the New Zealand Defense Forces.
The gunman livestreamed his attack as he drove to one of the mosques and walked inside, shooting people as they ran.
Four people were taken into custody in connection with the attack who held extremist views, yet were not on any police watchlists; three men and a women – however just the one of them has been charged in the massacres.
Australian media reports have named 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant as the shooter. He published a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto prior to the attack explaining who he is and why he conducted the attack – saying he was inspired by Norwegian shooter Anders Breivik.
The manifesto, posted online, features a series of questions and answers, and opens with one asking: “Who are you?”
The answer says: “Just a ordinary White man, 28 years old. Born in Australia to a working class, low income family.
“My parents are of Scottish, Irish and English stock. I had a regular childhood, without any great issues. I had little interest in education during my schooling, barely achieving a passing grade.”
He adds: “I am just a regular White man, from a regular family. Who decided to take a stand to ensure a future for my people.”
He describes himself as “a private and mostly introverted person” and admits he is racist, adding that he is an “Eco-fascist by nature”.
He said New Zealand was not the original choice for an attack, saying he only came to the country temporarily to plan and train.
On his planning for the attack, he wrote: “I begun planning an attack roughly two years in advance and an attack at the location in Christchurch three months in advance.”
Answering whether he supports Brexit, he wrote: “Yes, though not for an official policy made. The truth is that eventually people must face the fact that it wasn’t a damn thing to do with the economy.
“That it was the British people firing back at mass immigration, cultural displacement and globalism, and that’s a great and wonderful thing.”
On whether or not he is a supporter of US president Donald Trump, he wrote: “As a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy maker and leader? Dear god no.” –Independent.ie