Multiple Fatalities Reported in New Zealand Mass Shooting


Medical personnel transport a man outside a mosque Friday in central Christchurch, New Zealand, where police warned of mass shootings.

Several others are shown gathering in front of the scene that was surrounded with police tape.

The manifesto that the presumed New Zealand shooter who killed at least 49 people in two mosques in Christchurch on Friday, March 15, 2019 published is shorter and "more sloppy" than the one written by a Norwegian right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in 2011, but expresses similar sentiments, a Swedish terror expert said.

"The horrific active shooter scenario at a mosque is something we all pray never happens (but) there is no active intelligence that there is any immediate threat in the U.S. But we can not be complacent".

The man facing murder charges was an Australian citizen who had spent a lot of time traveling overseas and spent time only sporadically in New Zealand, Ardern said.

One mosque in Vancouver shared images of their front gates on Twitter.

Two Conservative MPs have also cancelled an event on Monday with a British parliamentarian who has been accused of promoting anti-Islamic sentiments "out of respect" for Muslims reeling from the attacks that killed 49 people.

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Another seven people were massacred at the Linwood Masjid Mosque with another victim dying in hospital.

CNN cites a 2015 study that reported New Zealand had an adjusted rate of about 1 gun death per 100,000 people, while in 2017, the United States has an adjusted rate of 12 gun deaths per 100,000 people. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the attack was carried out "by an extremist right-wing violent terrorist" and confirmed that a 28-year-old man who is now in police custody is an Australian citizen.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern told reporters. He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door.

He said he planned to target a mosque in Dunedin, but switched to the Al Noor and Masjid Mosques as they had "far more invaders".

"The regulation of guns in New Zealand is categorised as restrictive", say the authors of the database.

New Zealand allows ownership of semi-automatic guns frequently described as "assault rifles" that are banned in countries such as Australia and the UK.