Alleged mosque shooter was armed to kill even more people

Erika Holt
March 17, 2019

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

Flanked by armed police he flashed an upside-down "okay" signal, a symbol used by white power groups across the globe.

Tarrant was remanded into custody and is expected to appear in court again on April 5.

Hundreds of people gathered in Nathan Phillips Square Friday evening to remember the victims killed in shootings at two New Zealand mosques.

While the main court proceedings will take place in New Zealand, there will be an investigation into Tarrant's background in Australia, according to Prime Minister Morrison.

The victim can not be named by order of the court. Some were from Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia, Ardern said.

"He is an Australian-born citizen", Morrison said in an interview with The Telegraph.

Trump later added he had been in contact with Ardern to express his sympathy after the tragic events. "I will keep watch while you pray". "Our hearts are breaking for your loss", read one of the notes marked with a string of x-kisses.

New South Wales state Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said his officers are investigating to help New Zealand police and to ensure the safety of residents in the Australian state where suspect Brenton Tarrant is from.

To carry out his attack, Tarrant, who first acquired a gun license in 2017, used two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm.

Ardern said at her press conference that she wasn't ready to support a similar program just yet.

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.

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Two other suspected accomplices have also been arrested.

Police were able to neutralize two devices: an improvised explosive device at one of the mosques and another device found in the suspect's vehicle, which was also rendered safe.

Tarrant was apprehended 36 minutes after the first call to police, Ardern said.

In 2014, police estimated there were up to 1.2 million legal firearms in civilian ownership, or around one for every four members of the public - twice the per capita number of guns in Australia.

"Their intervention may very likely have saved further lives".

They included Asif Shaikh, 44, who said he was among more than 100 people at the Al Noor mosque when the attacker came in. One man, 18-year-old Daniel Burrough, has been charged with incitement.

Mr Graystone said he chose to stand outside the Medina Mosque on Friday because he "wanted to make sure that people know we can respond with friendship".

Tributes to the victims poured in from around the world.

In a media release this afternoon, New Zealand Rugby confirmed the news, saying that both team made a decision to call off the match despite police assuring it was safe to play.

The attack has prompted searching questions about whether right-wing extremism has been treated with enough seriousness by Western governments.

Ardern said Saturday that she had met with relatives of the victims and their "key concern" was to have access to their loved ones' remains for burial.

"There is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others", said Judge Paul Kellar. She is also seeking answers from intelligence agencies about whether any social media posts should have been picked up on and were not. "That work is already underway".

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