Internet companies scrambled Friday to remove graphic video filmed by a gunman in the New Zealand mosque shootings that was widely available on social media for hours after the horrific attack.
Mazharuddin said as soon as the gunman entered the mosque, he started firing wildly. While it is not clear what happened to the man, he was able to tackle the shooter to the ground.
Mazharuddin added to the outlet that a "young guy" who helps take care of the mosque and assists with parking took courageous action.
"The hero tried to chase and he couldn't find the trigger in the gun ... he ran behind him but there were people waiting for him in the auto and he fled". CBS News investigative reporter Graham Kates told CBSN the writings could be described as "s***posting" - a common trolling tactic of posting a high volume of intentionally bad, ironic, deliberately provocative or misleading comments to distract those who aren't in the know.
Thirty fatalities occurred at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch.
"The rapid and wide-scale dissemination of this hateful content - live-streamed on Facebook, uploaded on YouTube and amplified on Reddit - shows how easily the largest platforms can still be misused", Warner said in a statement.
"I saw dead people everywhere".
"His manifesto had references to people and events and leaders and countries all over the world". Ironic comments that only people within that community would understand are created to evoke an emotional response.
"Ardern said 40 people were killed at two mosques in the city of Christchurch and more than 20 seriously injured". Seven of the dead were inside the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque and three died outside the same mosque.
During the same attack on Linwood mosque, another worshipper managed to tackle one of the gunmen and seize his weapon before the terrorists finally fled the scene.
At least 48 people, some in critical condition, were being treated at Christchurch Hospital for gunshot wounds, authorities said. "This is and will be one of New Zealand's darkest days".
Earlier Friday afternoon, police had urged people to stay indoors as authorities responded to a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque.
One suspect, an Australian national, has been charged with murder and two others are in custody. Four people have been arrested, and one has been confirmed by police as being an Australian citizen. He would not say whether the same shooter was responsible for both attacks.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called him "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist".
The shooter also left a 74-page manifesto that he posted on social media under the name Brenton Tarrant, identifying himself as a 28-year-old Australian and white nationalist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims. "I was a communist, then an anarchist and finally a libertarian before becoming an eco-fascist", he wrote.
"The nation with the closest political and social values to my own is the People's Republic of China", read the manifesto purportedly written by Tarrant.
Minutes before the gunman opened fire in the first mosque, a user on the "Politically Incorrect" forum on 8chan - a chat platform with no restrictions on hate speech - wrote that he would carry out an attack "against the invaders" and that he would be live streaming it on Facebook. However, Bush didn't mention the other people.
President Donald Trump sent "warmest sympathy and best wishes" to the people of New Zealand. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do.