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Prime Minister of New Zealand: "Our weapon laws will change"

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  • Police said 49 people died after the two mosque shootings.
  • There were 42 people hospitalized, including two who were seriously injured.
  • A suspected marksman, an Australian citizen, was charged with murder.
  • Two others, whose roles remain unclear, are in custody.
  • A man who claimed responsibility for the attack wrote a manifesto referring to the "white genocide" led by mass immigration.
  • The manifesto said the guns were used to fuel the 2nd Amendment debate in the United States and called President Trump a "symbol of renewed white identity"

Follow the latest updates below. All times eastern unless otherwise specified.

Christchurch Hospital: 39 patients still in the hospital, 11 in intensive care

There are 39 patients still in care at the Christchurch hospital, the head of surgery said Friday night (Saturday in New Zealand). Of the 39 patients in the hospital, there are two children, a two-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy, both stable.

There are 11 patients considered critical and in intensive care.

Forty-eight people were initially hospitalized at the Christchurch hospital. Of these 48, seven were discharged and one, a four-year-old girl, was transferred to another hospital in critical condition.

Most patients still in the hospital are 30-40 years old, but the age range of the injured goes from the very young to the elderly.

The suspect Brenton Tarrant appears in court

Brenton Tarrant, the suspected 28-year-old shooter, appeared in court on Saturday in Christchurch for a murder charge. He wore handcuffs and a white prison shirt and had no expression.

"C & # 39; is a murder charge brought to the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others," the judge said after the departure of Tarrant.

He did not request bail. His next appearance in court will be April 5th.

Brenton Tarrant
Brenton Tarrant at his appearance in the district court of Christchurch on March 16, 2019.

Mark Mitchell / New Zealand Herald via Reuters


Reddit prohibits forums from sharing infringing content

On Friday, Reddit banned a subreddit associated with violence, including r / watchpeopledie, in which people shared live video footage. R / watchpeopledie introduced himself with the message "banned by Reddit".

In a statement issued to CNET, a spokesperson for Reddit said: "we are very clear in the terms of service of our site that posting content that incites or glorifies violence will ban Reddit users and communities. Subtitles that do not respect these rules will be banned. "

Another subreddit, r / gore, did not appear.

– Caroline Linton

New Zealand PM: "Our weapons laws change"

New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said the alleged shooter had five cannons: two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns. Ardern said the suspect legally obtained the weapons and acquired a gun license in November 2017.

"A lever weapon was also found, while the work was done on the chain of events that led to both the possession of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing at the moment: our Weapon Laws Will Change, "Ardern said at a press conference Saturday morning local time.

Ardern added that there have been previous attempts to change the weapons laws in 2005, 2012 and 2017. "Now is the time to change," he said.

New Zealand's prime minister talks to journalists

New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, spoke to reporters Saturday morning in New Zealand from Wellington, New Zealand. Ardern confirmed that the gunman had access to five separate weapons and had a license, but he also told reporters that he was not present on any list.

"They weren't on any watchlists, neither here nor in Australia," Ardern said on Saturday during a press conference.

"Today, while the country is grieving, we are looking for answers," Ardern added. "I want to talk specifically about the firearms used in this terrorist act, I am advised that there were five cannons used by the main perpetrator: there were two semi-automatic weapons and two hunting rifles."

In New Zealand, anyone over the age of 18 or over and having a background check can acquire semi-automatic weapons.

Trump expresses support for New Zealand

Speaking at the White House on Friday, President Trump expressed his support for New Zealand following the shooting.

"The United States is with them all the way," Trump said. "New Zealand has been a great friend and partner for many years, what they are going through is absolutely terrible, our hearts are with them and whatever we can do".

At the beginning of Friday, Mr. Trump tweeted his support, saying that the United States would provide any support possible.

"I have just spoken to Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, about the horrific events that have taken place in the last 24 hours, I informed the Prime Minister that we are in solidarity with New Zealand and that any help the United States can give , we are ready to do it, we love New Zealand, "he tweeted.

– Brian Pascus

"I will not give voice to this propaganda"

The mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel, expressed his revulsion against the alleged hit man at a press conference Saturday morning, local time.

"It is an act of cowardice that he performed," Dalziel told reporters. "I guess there are no words to describe the repulsion I feel for the propaganda he wanted to bring us, I will not give voice to this propaganda, his voice is the voice of hatred".

Dalziel then admitted that he was shocked by the massacre that took place in his city. "I'm very shocked by the fact that it happened here, but I'm shocked that it happened in New Zealand," he said. "The reason we were targeted is because … we are a safe city and a safe country".

He added: "This kind of extremism is not something we saw here, it came here, it came here with hatred in its heart, it came here to carry out this act of terrorism".

– Brian Pascus

Guns covered with white suprematist symbols

12:09 pm: The live video of the attack on one of the mosques on Friday shows that the gunman took aim with two different rifles decorated with a myriad of symbols widely used by the white supremacism movement online.

The symbols, which have become memes and have been incorporated into the codified vocabulary used by anonymous white nationalists in online chats, range from references to battles against Muslim armies in Europe more than 1,000 years ago, to the numbers that came to represent the writings of Adolf Hitler.

Terrorist expert on the attack and the New Zealand manifesto

Even the music that played in the machine of the assassin while he arrived at the mosque had a meaning; It was a Serbian nationalist war song that tore apart Yugoslavia in the 90s, glorifying Serbian leader Radovan Karadzic, who is currently in jail for genocide and other war crimes against Bosnian Muslims.

The Australian senator blames immigration for the attack

10:14 a.m.: An Australian senator with well-known anti-immigrant views was indicted for blaming the horrific attack on the Muslim community in New Zealand over the country's immigration policy rather than racist extremism.

"Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?" Senator Fraser Anning of Queensland said in a tweet. New Zealand police have accused an Australian man of murder for the killings, which the New Zealand leader quickly labeled as a "terrorist attack".

Anning's office released a statement earlier, which was later removed from its social media pages, in which the senator said that "the real cause of bloodshed in New Zealand's streets today is the program of immigration that allowed Muslim fanatics to emigrate to New Zealand first and foremost. "

His statement, which was quickly condemned by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, began with Anning who said he was "completely opposed to any form of violence in our community, and I completely condemn the assassin's actions".

White supremacists "borrow" from "Playbook ISIS"

9:15 a.m.: The New York Police Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller, a former CBS News special correspondent, told CBS This Morning that his strength quickly decided to "increase presence of the police around the mosques, around the houses of worship ", Friday The New Zealand attack has arrived.

"You will see a public message of reassurance," said Miller, pointing out that many Muslims would be present at mosques for traditional Friday prayers.

John Miller of the New York police has increased police presence in the United States around mosques, houses of worship

New York police said in a tweet that other officers had been employed in the city's mosques. Other major US cities have also announced that they will increase police presence around mosques on Friday.

Miller said the New Zealand attack is further proof that "in terms of tactics, the neo-fascist groups, the white supremacists, are borrowing from the ISIS workbook".

He said it was the ISIS who first instructed his terrorist followers to "die live" – ​​broadcasting attacks in real time through social media platforms.

Miller said that the white nationalist extremism was something that "we monitor very carefully, it's something that emerged, we are seeing an increase in propaganda."

The suspect claims others planning attacks

8:13 a.m.: An official in the police forces told CBS News Friday morning that the suspect in first-hand custody, the Australian man accused of murder, said other people were planning further attacks on mosques in New Zealand.

There was no further information available on your request. New Zealand police claimed that three other people were initially taken into custody. One of these was released quickly and the police were still trying to determine which role, if any, the other two people had in the attack.

The CBS News force order analyst Paul Viollis told CBSN on Friday that while it is quite possible that the shooter was a "lone wolf" in the sense that he may not have had any affiliation with a larger group, may have had some help.

Given the amount of planning that seems to have gone unattended – which involved more firearms, reported explosive devices and attacks in separate locations – Viollis said it would be difficult for a person to plan and carry it out on their own.

The US government reacts to the attacks

7:32 am: White House Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement Friday morning saying, "The United States strongly condemns the attack on Christchurch, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and government against this vicious act of hatred ".

Shortly after Sanders published the White House statement, President Trump sent a tweet expressing his "warmest sympathy and best wishes" for the people of New Zealand after what he called "the horrible massacre" in Christchurch.

John Bolton, President Trump's national security adviser, said on Friday that "it appears to be" a terrorist attack, but he would not use the label definitively as did the New Zealand prime minister.

The United States and New Zealand are partners through the "Five Eyes" information sharing alliance, which also includes Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.

US intelligence sources told CBS News that they would search their databases on Friday for any reference to the suspect in New Zealand.

Shoot a suspect who was accused of an apparently livery attack

7:00 am.: Sources confirmed to CBS News on Friday that the man arrested and charged with murder for mass shooting attacks against two mosques in New Zealand is a twenty-eight year old Brenton Harrison Tarrant, born in Australia.

The video apparently streaming on social media from the shooter shows the attack horribly.

New Zealand shooting: Australian man accused of murder

The gunman sprayed innocent worshipers inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch for more than two minutes before rushing back to the street, where he targeted people along the pavement before returning to his car for a different weapon.

The police look for properties related to the shot

6:16 pm: New Zealand police said on Twitter that they were looking for a home in the city of Dunedin, about 220 miles south of Christchurch, which is "of interest in connection with the serious weapons incident" on Friday.

The police evacuated the neighbors in the vicinity of the house and provided temporary accommodation for them.

The number of victims rises to 49, 1 suspect accused of murder

4:19 a.m.: Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the death toll rose to 49 people, with 41 people killed in one mosque and seven in the other. One other person died in the hospital.

A man of about 20 was charged with murder. One of the detainees was arrested at the scene with a firearm, but Bush said that that person "may not have had anything to do with this incident". Officials are still working on involving the other two people in custody.

The forces of the New Zealand order had no preliminary information on any of the suspects, Bush said.

The commissioner said the police are not actively looking for other suspects.

He said "it would not be correct" to comment on how one suspect could have carried out the two shootings, but added: "This was a very well planned event".

It was previously reported that two vehicles had been found with the IED attached, but Bush corrected that a vehicle had been discovered with two IEDs.

"I don't know if he's still alive or dead," says the mother of a man who adored the mosque

"I don't know if he's still alive or dead," says his mother in Christchurch


3:49 a.m.: The parents of a 35-year-old son made a toast at the mosque on Friday afternoon, they told TV 3 New Zealand they hadn't heard of it. "I don't know if he's still alive or dead … we waited and waited and no news, so we came here to see if he died in the mosque, I just want to know any news about him," said the mother.

Parents said they moved from Iraq to Christchurch 22 years ago to come to a safer country. They said he goes to the mosque every Friday.

48 people in care at the Christchurch hospital

2:51 a.m.: Forty-eight people, from children to adults, are treated for firearm injuries at the Christchurch hospital, according to David Meates, managing director of the Canterbury district health board. About 200 family members are waiting for news from their family members.

"Once we have provided for the medical needs of the injured and the well-being of their families and the Whanau, we will be able to focus on the psychosocial well-being of our larger Canterbury community," Meates said in a statement.

40 people died, dozens injured, says the prime minister

2:36 am: There are 40 people who were killed in the two mosque shootings, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference. Dozens more are treated for wounds in local hospitals.

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

The level of threat to national security has increased from low to high, but both domestic and international flights will continue outside the country's airports, except for Christchurch.

Ardern said there are four people in custody, three linked to the shooting. He said those three are composed of a suspected shooter and two "associates".

He said the suspects have "what I would call extremist views – they have no place in New Zealand or in the world".

Ardern said he wanted to send a message to the suspects: "You may have chosen us, but we reject you and condemn you completely."

The bandit referred to the 2nd amendment in his manifesto

1:31 am: In the manifesto, the assassin asked himself rhetorically why he had chosen to use firearms or guns to carry out the attack. He replied that "I chose firearms for the influence he would have on the social discourse", adding that "with sufficient pressure the left wing inside the United States will try to abolish the second amendment, and the right wing within the United States will see this as an attack on their own freedom and freedom ".

"The United States in many factions from its second amendment, along state, social, cultural and, above all, racial lines," he said.

Manifesto published by a man who claims responsibility for the shooting in New Zealand reveals an alleged motive

The man who claims responsibility for the shootings wrote of "white genocide"

1:16 a.m.: In a poster that appears to have been published during the attack, a man who claimed responsibility for the shootings describes himself as an "ordinary" 28 year old born in Australia. CBS News cannot confirm that it was actually published by the attacker.

He says his parents are of Scottish, Irish and English descent and writes about what he calls "white genocide" driven by a "mass immigration crisis".

He says he carried out the attack "to show the invaders that our lands will never be their lands … as long as the white man still lives". He says "we must guarantee the existence of our people and the future of white children".

The alleged shooter claims to be a supporter of Donald Trump in a sense, but not completely: "As a symbol of a renewed white identity and common purpose? Sure. As a policy leader and leader?

NYPD and LAPD are increasing security in New York and Los Angeles mosques

1:45 a.m.: Police officers in the two largest cities in the United States have announced that security forces in mosques are increasing.

One of the suspects in New Zealand appears to have deliberately targeted Muslims in mosques during Friday prayers. New York police issued a statement to the public stating that "it is closely monitoring events in New Zealand, and for the sake of caution it is evaluating security in areas of the city".

Los Angeles police said in a Twitter post that they are "providing extra patrols around mosques".

Block for raised schools, hospital still in block

1:26 a.m.: The police have closed the school block, allowing worried parents to take their children. The two mosques are still closed and the hospital where the victims were taken.

"We would like to reassure members of the public that there is a police presence in the city and community security is our priority," police said in a statement.

4 people in custody, says the police commissioner

12:42 a.m.: Police Commissioner Mike Bush said in a press conference that there are four people in custody. He said three are men and the other is a woman.

"I don't assume there are no others," Bush said.

He did not give an exact number of people killed or injured but said that there was a "significant" number of victims.

He said that "they are not hiring" is limited to Christchurch.

"There were a number of IEDs attached to the vehicles that had been stopped," Bush said.

Police officers will now carry weapons.

Police urged all mosques in New Zealand to shut down

12:23 a.m.: Police said there are more victims in two mosques.

The police also urged all mosques in New Zealand to shut down and asked residents to refrain from visiting.

The residents of Christchurch were also asked to stay at home.

Prime Minister: "It is clear that this is one of the darkest days in New Zealand"

The prime minister calls the mosque firing "one of the darkest days in New Zealand"

11:55 pm: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference that "it is clear that this is one of the darkest days in New Zealand".

"Clearly what happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence," said Ardern.

Ardern said that many of the people directly affected by the shootings could be migrants or refugees. "They have chosen to make New Zealand their home and they are us … there is no place in New Zealand for unprecedented and extreme acts of violence, which is clearly true."

Witness: "I saw dead people everywhere"

11:55 pm: Witness Len Peneha told the Associated Press that he saw a man dressed in black entering the Masjid Al Noor mosque and then hearing dozens of shots, followed by people fleeing in terror from the mosque.

"I've seen dead people everywhere," Peneha said. "There were three in the hallway, on the door leading to the mosque, and the people inside the mosque. And incredible hazelnut. I don't understand how anyone can do this to these people, to anyone. It is ridiculous. "

Brian Pascus, Lex Haris and Brian Dakss contributed to the report.

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