Death toll rises to 50 in New Zealand mosque shootings

Death toll rises to 50 in New Zealand mosque shootings

New Zealand police announced Sunday that 50 people had been killed and 50 others wounded in the unprecedented attack that stunned the nation and the world.

According to the Independent, the suspects are alleged to have called people attending Friday prayers at a near-by mosque "terrorists'". Two mosques were targeted in the attack. The camera attached to his head recording the massacre follows the barrel of his weapon, like some macabre video game.

The first shooting took place at the Al Noor mosque, and a second at the Linwood Masjid. No images have emerged from there.

"We fully respect their decision, and I am incredibly proud of how they conducted themselves throughout this process".

Ardern earlier on Saturday said that the attacker used five guns, two of them semi-automatic, that had all been obtained legally with an A-class gun license.

A spokesman said the email did not describe the specific incident and that there was "nothing in the content or timing that would have been able to prevent the attack".

"Police responded immediately to the call they received relating to the attack".

Two other armed suspects were taken into custody Friday while police tried to determine what role, if any, they played in the cold-blooded attack that stunned New Zealand, a country so peaceful that police officers rarely carry guns.

Tarrant did not have a criminal history and was not on any watchlists in New Zealand or Australia.

Roberson said a 4-year-old girl who has been transferred to an Auckland hospital in critical condition and 11 patients who remain in Christchurch are also critically wounded.

Hungry for any news, families and friends of the victims gathered at the city's Hagley College, near the hospital.

The shooter live-streamed the assault on Facebook.

"Hi guys how are you".

"I live in New Zealand because the first time I came here in 2011, I found a place that was heaven on earth and I made a decision to bring my family to live here in peace, away from all the troubles", a Palestinian man said.

Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after an natural disaster in 2011 killed nearly 200 people.

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Ardern visited members of the Muslim community at a refugee center in Christchurch Saturday, where she paid tribute to victims of Friday's shooting and conveyed a message of support.

Ms Ardern said the victims came from across the Muslim world, with Turkey, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia among the countries rendering consular assistance.

"I'm not sure how to deal with this".

Naeem migrated to New Zealand with his family in 2009 and was a teacher.

New Zealand police said last year that murder rates had dropped to the lowest level in 40 years, with 48 homicides in 2017.

"Fijian hearts are breaking for our brothers and sisters in New Zealand - a place where an atrocity of this nature is shocking nearly beyond comprehension". He walks back into the mosque, where there are at least two dozen people lying on the ground. "That work is already underway", she said.

"It's the time for change", said Ardern.

She said this would be looked at as the Government moved to change gun laws but there were a "raft of issues" to look at.

New Zealand tightened its gun laws to restrict access to semi-automatic rifles in 1992, two years after a mentally ill man shot dead 13 people in the southern town of Aramoana. Story continues after video. Tarrant did not apply to have the judge suppress his name from the media, Australian broadcaster ABC reports.

Separate "endorsements" are required to own semi-automatic weapons, as well as pistols and other restricted weapons but police and firearms experts have pointed to several loopholes.

The AR-15 was used at Port Arthur, as well as a number of high-profile mass shootings in the United States.

The Pacific Islands Association of non-governmental Organisations (PIANGO) also expressed its "heartfelt grief and sorrow" over the attacks.

"We want to say we have no part of that (massacre) and we don't believe what (the gunman) believes".

Ardern did not explicitly endorse this promise when asked.

Pence also affirmed US cooperation in ensuring all the perpetrators were brought to justice.