Christchurch mosque hero TACKLED gunman and grabbed weapon after he opened fire

Elias Hubbard
March 16, 2019

"A couple of centimetres lower and I would be dead", he told stuff.co.nz, saying he fled from the mosque while the gunman's attention was elsewhere. Ardern said none had been on any terror watch list. "As with any major tragedy, we will work cooperatively with the authorities", Google said in a statement.

If Facebook wanted to monitor every livestream to prevent disturbing content from making it out in the first place, "they would have to hire millions of people", something it's not willing to do, said Vaidhyanathan, who teaches media studies at the University of Virginia. While the motives and identities of the three suspected assailants remain unknown, we can begin the healing process by honoring the fearless individuals who demonstrated bold love and huge courage in the face of pure evil.

Witness Syed Mazharuddin told the New Zealand Herald that his friend likely saved countless lives.

Four people have been detained, and one is Australian.

Numerous deaths were beamed out live on social media by the shooter from a bodycam, and the graphic footage shows the gunman, identified as Brenton Tarrant in Australian media and described by officials in New Zealand as a 28-year-old white male of Australian origin, as he dealt out death at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch.

At least 48 people, some in critical condition, were being treated at Christchurch Hospital for gunshot wounds, authorities said.

Some people expressed outrage on Twitter that the videos were still circulating hours after the attack. He described the gunman as "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist.

Rest In Peace", they added.

A Twitter spokesman said the company was "deeply saddened" by the attacks.

The foreign ministry says there are 330 Indonesian citizens in Christchurch, 130 of them students.

"The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch". In 2017 it said it would hire 3,000 people to review videos and other posts, on top of the 4,500 people Facebook already tasks with identifying criminal and other questionable material for removal. "This is and will be one of New Zealand's darkest days".

The rampage's broadcast "highlights the urgent need for media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to use more artificial intelligence as well as security teams to spot these events before it's too late", Ives said.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said police have defused a number of improvised explosive devices found on vehicles after the mosque shootings.

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The Facebook Live video, taken with a camera that appeared to be mounted on the gunman's body, shows a clean-shaven, Caucasian man with short hair driving to the Masjid al Noor mosque in central Christchurch. A witness to a second shooting told New Zealand media he saw two wounded people being transported by rescuers afterward.

"At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders", she said in her message. "We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. One victim of the Masjid Al Noor shooting is gaining global attention for the remarkable response he uttered moments before his death.

A neighbor described mass casualties inside the mosque and said he saw the gunman flee.

According to local news outlets, at least 30 of those killed Friday were attending the Masjid Al Noor mosque, while at least 10 others were killed at the Linwood Masjid Mosque.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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