Who Is Brenton Tarrant? Facts About The New Zealand Mosque Shooter Suspect

New Zealand PM Says Got'Manifesto From Gunman'9 Minutes Before Attack

NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush revealed on Sunday the body of the 50th victim had been found in the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue on Saturday night.

"We understand these procedures take time".

Police have not released the names of those killed in the attack, but charging documents listed one of the victims as Salwa Mirwan Mohamad.

One of the images most widely shared on social media in solidarity with New Zealand is a cartoon of a kiwi, the country's national bird, crying.

A floral tribute is laying on Deans Avenue in Christchurch after a right-wing extremist killed 49 people in two mosques.

Ardern said the main suspect was a licensed gun owner who used five weapons during his rampage, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns.

"For them to come to what they thought was a safe country and end up facing a shocking incident like this is really sad to hear", says Mark Greenhill, news director for New Zealand's news website Stuff.

The video, which was live-streamed on Facebook, has since been removed from the platform.

Two other armed suspects were taken into custody Friday while police tried to determine what role, if any, they played in the cold-blooded attack that stunned New Zealand, a country so peaceful that police officers rarely carry guns.

"It did not include a location, it did not include specific details", she said, adding that it was sent to security services within two minutes of receipt. "That obviously leads to an Australian-based investigation and all of our inquiries here will be absolutely shared and communicated with New Zealand authorities".

Muslims hold placards after a prayer meet for victims of Friday's mosque attacks in New Zealand, outside a mosque in Jammu March 16, 2019. She said a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

New Zealand, with a population of 5 million, has relatively loose gun laws and an estimated 1.5 million firearms, or roughly one for every three people.

"We can not be deterred from the work that we need to do on our gun laws", Ardern said. Story continues after video.

"There is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others", the presiding judge noted.

The violence has also shone a new light on gun control.

The AR-15 was used at Port Arthur, as well as a number of high-profile mass shootings in the United States.

US President Donald Trump, who condemned the attack as a "horrible massacre", was praised by the accused gunman in a manifesto posted online as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose".

Condemning the terror strike, Ardern had described it as a "terror attack" and said it "appears to have been well planned". "My message was sympathy and love for all Muslim communities", she said she told him.

None of those arrested by the police had been on any watchlists of the authorities either in New Zealand or in Australia, Ardern argued. "These acts of hate have no place in the diverse and tolerant society for which New Zealand is justly known", the White House statement said.

Pence also affirmed US cooperation in ensuring all the perpetrators were brought to justice.

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