New Zealand PM: Mosque Shooting Gunman Got 5 Guns Legally

Lawrence Kim
March 16, 2019

The 59-year-old Canadian songwriter was due to appear at Hagley Park in the New Zealand city on Sunday, but has since put the concert on hold following the tragic attack. A raft of further charges are expected.

Tarrant, who was reportedly wearing a tunic and was handcuffed, did not apply for bail or to have his name suppressed and has been remanded in custody without plea until April 5.

Residents pay respects by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks at the Botanical Garden in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. His 21-year-old son, Talha, was also killed.

"It's outrageous, the feeling is outrageous", he said.

New Zealand police closed the Christchurch court to the public over security concerns, but the media was able to attend.

A teacher died in hospital after being wounded when he tried to grab a gun from the killer during the first of two attacks on Christchurch mosques.

She said he had been in possession of a "category A" gun licence, obtained during 2017, which allowed him to legally obtain the weapons in December 2017 and that he was not on any watchlists prior to the attacks.

She did not specify how the laws will be changed.

A man got in a verbal dispute with his neighbor before going on a shooting spree with a semi-automatic rifle, killing 13 people.

She said inquires were ongoing to establish whether the other two were directly involved.

Bush said the New Zealand military defused two explosive devices attached to a vehicle.

About 41 people were killed at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch at about 1:45 pm [local time], and the rest were killed in a second shooting at the Linwood Masjid Mosque. The remaining victim succumbed in hospital. That was almost 30 years ago and was the deadliest shooting in New Zealand's history, until Friday. "Some were covered in blood", he told AFP.

New Zealand Cricket said they had made a decision to cancel the test, which was scheduled to start at Hagley Oval on Saturday, after discussions with the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

Those "elements" were people affiliated with the Canadian Yellow Vest movement, whose Facebook page included some comments celebrating the New Zealand attacks Friday.

Thursday's attacks are unprecedented in New Zealand, a country of 4.5 million people that prides itself on its social diversity. Friday is Islam's holy day.

The attack shocked the local Muslim population, many of whom had come to New Zealand as refugees.

One witness told he was praying when he heard shooting - and then saw his wife lying dead on the footpath outside when he fled.

"He went to all the different (rooms) and he shot everyone", he said.

"There were bodies all over", he said.

Beyond that, the New Zealand Police noted in a separate release that in 20 years, from December 1998 to December 2018, there were a total of 15 murders committed by someone, who had a firearms license. It has been rebuilding since an natural disaster in 2011 killed 185 people and destroyed many downtown buildings.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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