Christchurch residents have been in lockdown this afternoon after an Australian born gunmen opened fire at two mosques, killing 49.
New Zealand Police have confirmed that 7 people were killed at the Linwood mosque, 41 at the Deans Ave mosque and one in hospital. This number has risen from 40.
Four people are in custody -three men and one woman – including the Australian man who filmed as he shot dozens.
One of the men has been charged with murder and will appear in court tomorrow – it’s unclear if it is
Police have confirmed that the shooter live streaming his attack was Brenton Tarrant, from Grafton, New South Wales.
Tarrant has been confirmed to be a part of white supremacist groups, with possible ties to Neo-Nazi groups. He has allegedly been planning the attack for close to two years.
Police have urged the public not to distribute the footage of his attack as social media platforms rush to delete copies.
Prime Minister Ardern has called today “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”
“This violence has absolutely no place in New Zealand, this is not who we are.”
“This has occurred in a place where people should be safe and they weren’t.”
The police have stated that “it can’t get much worse than this”, and diffused a number of bombs around the affected area.
- Straight from our newsroom