Multiple Fatalities In New Zealand Mosque Shooting; Gunman Posted Plans On Social Media, Livestreamed Attack

Update: According to AP, there has been a shooting at a second Christchurch mosqueNo details were immediately available. 

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A gunman wielding an automatic rifle opened fire on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, approximately ten minutes after approximately 300 people began afternoon prayers. 

At least nine people have been killed with dozens injured, while eyewitnesses report “there was blood everywhere,” according to Stuff.co.nz and Radio NZ. 

Another eyewitness who declined to give his name said there were “bodies all over me,” adding that the gunman emptied at least two magazines into the crowd. 

The shooter was described as “white skinned, blonde, quite short and wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest.” according to witness Ahmad Al-Mahmoud, 37, who broke a window in a door to escape from the mosque. 

According to journalist Nick Monroe, the shooter – Twitter user “Brenton Tarrant” who joined in February posted his intention to shoot up the mosque on social media, then livestreamed the shooting

THIS IS THE NEW ZEALAND SHOOTER’S TWITTER, https://t.co/AkFOPY2R7B https://t.co/VMffvtMcdQ

TWO DAYS BEFORE POSTING ON 8CHAN THEY POSTED THEIR WEAPONRY ON TWITTER

YOU CAN’T BAN 8CHAN FOR THIS
WITHOUT BANNING TWITTER pic.twitter.com/O5GzXEKolj

— Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112) March 15, 2019

GRAPHIC:

(oh god. people are asking to see the New Zealand shooting videos, still.)
(this is GRAPHIC CONTENT, DO NOT CLICK IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED TO SEE THIS.)

🚨WARNING: PEOPLE GET SHOT AND DIE IN THESE VIDEOS.🚨https://t.co/8wIpGwSdk3https://t.co/uVxobPxmyd pic.twitter.com/QH1O4d7RQP

— Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112) March 15, 2019

” I think they got him” it says on 8chan pic.twitter.com/sVrleNr9bd

— Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112) March 15, 2019

NEW ZEALAND SHOOTER’S MANIFESTOhttps://t.co/99vR3vInXs pic.twitter.com/O7cAo9gXsq

— Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112) March 15, 2019

More from the shooters manifesto

Mentions Candace Owens by name pic.twitter.com/GY3hmpxzXr

— Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112) March 15, 2019

The gunman posted photos of his shooting gear on Twitter prior to the shooting. 

Approximately 20 armed police are clearing buildings nearby, while all schools in the area have been placed into lockdown. No students will be released until the police “have advised us that the lockdown is over and it is safe to do so.” 

An armed police officer stands outside the Christchurch Mosque on Deans Ave following the shooting. (photo: George Heard/Stuff)

In response to a serious ongoing incident we’re locking down number of central city buildings, including the Civic Offices and Central Library. https://t.co/tph8HFddm3

— ChCh City Council (@ChristchurchCC) March 15, 2019

The Christchurch hospital emergency ward has been cleared out and hospital staff are expecting 40 – 50 injured people.

Bangladesh team escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters. They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval. pic.twitter.com/VtkqSrljjV

— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) March 15, 2019

Of note, gun ownership in New Zealand is categorized as “restrictive” – as civilians are not allowed to possess handguns, military-style semi-automatic weapons or fully automatic weapons without a permit and a relevant firearm license endorsement. 

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