Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

New Zealand’s Christchurch mosque shooter who killed 50 may have acted alone

New Zealand’s Christchurch mosque shooter who killed 50 may have acted alone

We know that from this devastation and deep mourning, the people of New Zealand will unite to show that such evil can never defeat compassion and tolerance.

Tarrant's family is from the northern New South Wales town of Grafton and New South Wales state Police Commissioner Mick Fuller says his officers are investigating to help New Zealand police.

The statement added that a range of activities must be completed before names can be released publicly, "this includes next of kin notifications, which, in many cases, will have global aspects to them".

The staff member monitoring the accounts sent it to parliamentary services as soon as they saw it, who sent it to police, the spokesman said.

They are all Australian citizens, but not in any watch list of New Zealand or Australia.

He was not a resident of Christchurch, the prime minister added.

Tarrant, handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, stood silently in the Christchurch District Court where he was remanded without a plea.

Reality television star Kim Kardashian applauded New Zealand after the country's leaders announced gun laws would change in wake of Friday's mosque shootings that left at least 49 people dead. Thirty-six of those remain in Christchurch hospital, where they are being treated with the utmost care and professionalism by medical staff.

"I was very happy to hear the prime minister's comments this morning that there will be a change in the gun law, but I can't say any more than that", he told reporters on Saturday.

"But that arrest was tangential to this matter and we do not believe that he was involved in this attack either", he said. "There are obviously questions being asked of how this person was able to enter the country and undertake this act of terror", the premier said.

On Friday, Ardern characterized the incident as a terrorist act.

"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".

"Those decisions have yet to be taken, but the Prime Minister has signaled that we are going to look at that issue", Parker told Radio New Zealand.

Abdikina Ali-Hassarn and his family moved to New Zealand from Somalia four years ago and were regular worshippers at the Linwood mosque. People hold up signs of support at a vigil in Aotea Square in support of the victims of the Christchurch mosque killings in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019.

"While work is being done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now: Our gun laws will change", she said at a news conference on Saturday. He said his mother, who was at the Linwood mosque with his father and brother, saw two people shot.

Business Standard reports that Tarrant allegedly used "two semi-automatic rifles, two shotguns and a lever-action weapon". Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country where levels of gun violence are low. The minimum legal age to own a gun in New Zealand is 16, or 18 for military-style semi-automatic weapons.

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

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