New Zealand shooting suspect Brenton Tarrant charged with murder in Christchurch court

New Zealand shooting suspect Brenton Tarrant charged with murder in Christchurch court

The main suspect in a mass shooting in at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left 49 people dead appeared in court Saturday.

Of those killed in the massacre, 41 died at the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue in central Christchurch, seven were killed at the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque, and one person died at Christchurch Hospital.

The alleged suspect Brenton Tarrant, 28, from Australia, has since appeared in court in Christchurch charged with one count of murder, however New Zealand Police said further charges were expected to follow.

Wearing a white prison suit, Tarrant appeared handcuffed and barefoot. "That obviously leads to an Australian-based investigation and all of our inquiries here will be absolutely shared and communicated with New Zealand authorities".

He did not request bail and was taken into custody until his next court appearance scheduled for April 5.

Mohamed Hassan, a journalist who lived in New Zealand for most of his life, says Muslims have been grieving alongside numerous other communities. The attack was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country raised its security threat level to the highest. But the 87-page document, also posted on social media just before the shooting began, was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim screeds.

"If Jacinda Ardern moves as quickly as [former Australian prime minister] John Howard did [when he banned guns following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre], and she does it in 12 days, the probability is that she will be able to do what she wants to do", Alpers told the Guardian.

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The video footage showed a man driving to the mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people present inside. Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed.

One of the two, a woman, has been released, and a man remains in custody on firearms charges, he said. Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country where levels of gun violence are low.

Brenton Tarrant used two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm in the attack.

British security sources said there were no apparent United Kingdom links to the attack.

Ms Arden said the "primary perpetrator" in the shootings had five guns and held a gun licence, adding: "I can tell you one thing right now - our gun laws will change".

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

In the wake of Friday's terror attack on two Christchurch mosques that took the lives of 49 people and injured at least 40, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is working to reciprocate the support that Pittsburgh's Jewish community received from Muslim groups in its own time of need. "These acts of hate have no place in the diverse and tolerant society for which New Zealand is justly known", the White House statement said.

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