New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country has suffered one of its worst mass shootings after attacks at two mosques in the South Island city of Christchurch left an unknown number of people dead and injured. Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the footage.
Ardern did not identify Tarrant by name, but said that the shooter had obtained a gun license in November 2017 and started purchasing the weapons used a month later.
Former NSW personal trainer Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, appeared in a Christchurch court on Saturday where he was formally charged with one count of murder.
Small Arms Survey estimates around 1.2 million firearms are in the hands of private civilians in New Zealand.
While the man is now facing only one charge, further charges will be laid.
Goodale said the RCMP is working with local police across the country to ensure public safety.
At a press conference Friday, Police Association President Chris Cahill said that for nearly all of the officers responding, "it will be the biggest and toughest thing they've had to deal with in their career", as NZ Herald reported. "We stand with Muslim communities in New Zealand, Alberta and across the globe". I guess, if you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that's a case.
Mohan Ilbrahim, a worshipper who witnessed one of the attacks inside a mosque told NBC's Today Show when he first heard the sound of the shots he thought it was "an electric short circuit" but soon realised it was a shooting after the windows began smashing.
Mayor Bill Peduto offered his condolences to Lianne Dalziel, the mayor of Christchurch, on Friday morning.
Political and Islamic leaders across Asia and the Middle East voiced concern over the targeting of Muslims.
One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman was white, blond and wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest.
But the statement was condemned quickly online for failing to specify that the attack was on Muslims, during prayers at mosques. YouTube and Twitter took hours to remove it from their platforms, according to Bloomberg.
The Muslim Council of Calgary said Friday the group and its affiliate organizations condemn the tragic shootings at the Al-Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch.
The Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for Friday prayers when the shooting occurred but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters. Genuis initially rejected calls to follow suit, calling it a talk on human rights, and accused Sgro on social media of retreating only after she remembered this is an election year. For many, this may not have been the place they were born.