Mass Shootings at Two New Zealand Mosques Leaves 49 Dead, 1 Charged

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There has been another mass shooting. Forty-nine people were killed in New Zealand on Friday after an armed gunman began shooting at two mosques. The gunman live-streamed the entire event on Facebook and left a manifesto behind online. Four suspects were detained by police and one man has been charged with murder.

The attack took place at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Police have identified the shooter as 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, who is an Australian native. According to USA Today, Tarrant is a self-proclaimed racist who had been planning his heinous attack for two years. Two explosive devices were also found under one car.

Police say the four suspects who were detained were not on any watch list. One of the suspects may not have been involved in the attack but is being held as a precautionary measure, according to CNN.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the attack and called it “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”

A 17-minute live stream showed the gunman arming himself and walking into the mosque where he opened fire on a man standing outside the door. From the point of view of the helmet cam, it looks like there were numerous white-supremacist graffiti images on his weapon.

The country’s police commissioner, Mike Bush, said 49 people lost their lives, including young children. More than 45 people were brought to nearby hospitals with conditions ranging from minor to critical, according to The New York Times.

Tarrant posted an anti-immigrant manifesto online to numerous social media sites. Police are still trying to determine how the other three individuals were involved in the attack. Bush, in a late evening press conference, stated 41 people had been killed at Al Noor Mosque and seven at Linwood Mosque. One person reportedly died from their injuries at the hospital.

One unnamed witness described what he saw when he entered one of the mosques. “I saw dead people everywhere. There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque.”

New Zealand hasn’t suffered a mass shooting since 1990 where 13 people, including the gunman, were killed.