‘Absolutely his intention’: Christchurch gunman planned further attacks, had other firearms

17 March, 2019, 03:41 | Author: Wade Massey
  • The suspect made a sign to the camera during his appearance in the Christchurch District Court on Saturday

A fourth person who had been taken into custody was later determined to be an armed bystander who wanted to help police.

Ansun Zhong, owner of Chong's Chinese restaurant in Christchurch City Central, said the shooting greatly affected people's life in Christchurch.

Two other people were in custody and police said they were seeking to understand whether they were involved in any way.

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

She also sent a message to American politicians given the countless shootings claiming lives in the USA, writing: "America take note!"

He said up to 70 people were praying inside Linwood when gunshots were heard.

Thirty-six people were still in Christchurch Hospital, with 11 being treated in intensive care, and one child moved to dedicated children's hospital in Auckland.

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Officers said they were trying to track the auto and described the suspects as white men believed in their 20s.

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

Ardern said the suspect traveled around the world and was in New Zealand sporadically.

The Associated Press news agency on Saturday reported about an Indian couple in Christchurch looking for their son, Imran Khokhur, who has been missing since the massacre. Ardern said some were from Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Now the sale of semi-automatic guns is not restricted in New Zealand.

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Four New Zealand women hugged each other outside the cordon.

Sabri Daraghmeh said by phone from Jordan on Saturday that the girl, Elin, remains "in the danger phase" and that her father, Waseem - Sabri's brother - is in stable condition.

The man accused of launching a pair of deadly assaults on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand made his first court appearance Saturday.

"I still don't know where he is", she said.

However, because none of the bodies have been returned to the victims' families because of the investigation, many having been unable to bury their dead within the 24 hours customary in Islam.

Tarrant is an Australian citizen who was living in the southern city of Dunedin at the time of the attack, Prime Minister Ardern said.

She called the mass shooting "an extraordinary act of violence", and vowed "our gun laws will change".

New Zealand has in the past tried to tighten firearm laws, but a strong gun lobby and culture of hunting has stymied such efforts. Story continues after video. Tarrant did not apply for bail, and per ABC News reports, did not apply to have his name suppressed.

The AR-15 is a semi-automatic version of the United States military M16 rifle. This, according to her, allowed the Australian terrorist to legally obtain the weapons in December 2017, and that he was not on any watch-lists prior to the attacks.

The Pacific Islands Association of non-governmental Organisations (PIANGO) also expressed its "heartfelt grief and sorrow" over the attacks. Police told her that he is not among the 49 fatalities.

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", said Ardern.

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

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