Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

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

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

Brenton Tarrant, formerly of Grafton, was led into the court barefoot in a prison robe and handcuffs, and was not required to speak during his brief three-minute appearance.

The site of the terrorist attacks is sealed off in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 16, 2019.

Police said the alleged shooter was arrested in a vehicle, which was carrying improvised explosive devices, 36 minutes after they were first called.

A video of one of the shootings was live streamed on Facebook by a man identifying himself as Brenton Tarrant.

A total of four people were arrested in connection with the incident - one of whom was in possession of a firearm but with the intention of assisting police was released a short time later.

TESSA BURROWS via Getty ImagesResidents pay respect by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch on Saturday.

"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.

Mr Bush revealed on Sunday that a 50th victim had been found, while 50 people had been wounded in the shootings sprees at the the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and Linwood Masjid six kilometres away during Friday prayers.

Kim Kardashian applauded New Zealand's lawmakers for proposing to change the country's gun laws following the mosque shootings that left at least 49 people dead. Christchurch Hospital on Saturday said most of the victims were men aged between 30 and 60, but children and women were also involved. "The people of New Zealand are in our thoughts and prayers".

New Zealand law enforcement is working with Australian intelligence and police in the "wide-reaching" investigation, the commissioner said.

The New Zealand Red Cross has published a list of missing persons on its website. Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country where levels of gun violence are low.

The suspect had five guns with him during the attack, described by multiple media outlets as "two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns, and one lever-action firearm".

'But the Prime Minister has signaled that we are going to look at that issue [banning semi-automatic weapons]'.

Ms Arden stated the deadly attacks was one of New Zealand's "darkest days" and vowed to change the country's current gun laws.

Hagen Hopkins via Getty ImagesPrime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media during a press conference at Parliament on Friday. Residents were mandated to turn in their semi-automatic rifles and other now-outlawed weapons. "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.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who condemned the attack as a "horrible massacre", was praised in the accused gunman's manifesto as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose".

Like this: