Christchurch mosque shooting victims mourned by loved ones as funerals begin


"There were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack", Ardern told a press conference in Christchurch.

Authorities have declined to discuss potential motives for the attack that killed 49 people and injured dozens more. Tarrant said nothing, entered no plea to the charge and did not apply to have his name withheld.

Tarrant was handcuffed and wearing a white prison jumpsuit when he walked into the courtroom. Tarrant, who posted an anti-immigrant manifesto online and apparently used a helmet-mounted camera to broadcast live video of the slaughter in the city of Christchurch, appeared to make a hand sign, similar to an OK sign, that is sometimes associated with white nationalists. The refugees were actively courted by provincial cities in the South Island with low, ageing populations, including Dunedin, where the suspect in the attacks lived, and Christchurch, where the massacres unfolded.

Throughout the hearing, Tarrant, who had a cut on his upper lip, remained silent and looked at the media persons in the public gallery. It was still unclear whether any other shooters were involved in the attacks.

Armed police patrol outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019.

Of the four people police apprehended on Friday, one was released ― an innocent bystander who "was just trying to get their kids home", Bush said.

Numerous victims hailed from around the world.

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

Shaik said the last he heard, his uncle was in surgery and his condition was critical. She said she was with her son, who is "traumatized" after being shot in his back and leg. He was shot in the abdomen and the leg. "There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque", he said.

Two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and lever-action gun were used in the attacks.

"While work is being done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun licence and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now - our gun laws will change", she said.

"It's the time for change", said Ardern. "We are outraged, we grieve with you, we are standing by you".

The gunman, who had Australian citizenship, has been described as an "extremist, right-wing" terrorist by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The suspect appeared to be a white supremacist motivated by USA -based extremism, having posted a manifesto online declaring his hatred for Muslims and idolizing US extremist movements.

New Zealand is normally peaceful and calm - and has plenty of guns.

Condemning the terror strike, Ardern had described it as a "terror attack" and said it "appears to have been well planned".

"The police don't have a clue how many guns there really are in New Zealand", said Philip Alpers, an Australia-based expert in gun laws and director of

None of those arrested had a criminal history or was on any watchlist in New Zealand or Australia.

Two other suspected accomplices have also been arrested.

While the mass shooting was meant to sow fear and division, President Gertler said, "we hope that ultimately those responsible will fail, utterly, in their vicious pursuit".

"I am proud of the contributions of the MSA, and the entire U of T community, in working to overcome division and hatred, and to foster harmony and mutual respect", he said.

SORROW, SYMPATHY Twelve operating theatres worked through the night on the more than 40 people wounded, said hospital authorities.