Barefoot, Handcuffed, New Zealand Shooter Smirks In Court

The death toll from the worst attack directed at Muslims in the West in modern times stood Saturday at 49More

The death toll from the worst attack directed at Muslims in the West in modern times stood Saturday at 49More

Officials in New Zealand have not yet released the names of those killed or wounded, but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday that many of those "directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand" or even refugees.

In a news conference Saturday morning, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tarrant's onslaught was cut short when he was apprehended.

Business Standard reports that Tarrant allegedly used "two semi-automatic rifles, two shotguns and a lever-action weapon". He's accused of a shooting rampage Friday at two mosques in Christchurch that injured 48 people in addition to the dozens killed.

Ardern said 39 people remained in hospital, of whom 11 were in intensive care.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed two of those in custody were arrested at the scene, and that police were working to establish whether they had had any involvement in the incident.

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.

Tarrant had live-streamed a video of himself opening fire at one of the two mosques on social media, according to AFP.

The sails of the Sydney Opera House are seen lit with the design of New Zealand's silver fern in a show of solidarity with victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks, in Sydney on March 16, 2019.

Before Friday's attack, New Zealand's deadliest shooting in modern history took place in 1990 in the small town of Aramoana, where a gunman killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbour.

He faces one count of murder, but Ardern said further charges would follow. Two other armed suspects were last night being held in custody.

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In 2014, police estimated there were up to 1.2 million legal firearms in civilian ownership, or around one for every four members of the public - twice the per capita number of guns in Australia.

"Now is the time for change".

Another victim of the Christchurch mosque attacks tried to wrestle the gunman's weapon off him in a desperate bid to save others, it has emerged.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a Australian citizen, appeared before a local court in Christchurch today and was remanded without a plea until his next scheduled appearance in the South Island city's High Court on April 5.

She did not offer too much detail, but said a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be looked at.

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

Among the victims was Atta Elayyan, 33, who served as goalkeeper on New Zealand's national futsal team (futsal is an indoor variant of soccer).

Numerous victims hailed from around the world.

"President Trump said in the Oval Office a few minutes ago that he did not think white supremacy worldwide was a problem that was rising in any way".

There are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world.

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