At least 49 people were killed in two New Zealand Christchurch mosque shootings on March 15, 2019, during worship services.
All was normal before the shooting which started at 1:40 pm NZT.
The man named as Tarrant claimed responsibility. He is a white Australian racist who is 28-years-old. The shooter left a 74-page manifesto which was anti-immigrant. The manifesto entitled “The Great Replacement” stated the shootings were necessary to avenge the deaths of those in Europe who died in terrorist attacks.
The shooter who is scheduled to appear in court on March 16, said he targeted the mosques in Linwood and Christchurch and had a third targeted in Ashburton, but was caught before being able to get there.
Tarrant said he chose the New Zealand mosques to show people that even if the country is in a remote part of the world, they too have problems with “mass immigration.”
Scott Morrison, Australian Prime Minister, confirmed one of the shooters was born in Australia.
Police also found numerous car bombs which the military disengaged.
Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, said the terrorist attack was one of the darkest days in New Zealand’s history.
The Christchurch Hosptial, public buildings, and schools were on lockdown.
A cricket match was scheduled on March 16 between Bangladesh and New Zealand. Players and coaches from the Bangladesh team were in the Mosque and escaped. The game has been canceled.
It is rare for mass shootings to happen in New Zealand. The last deadliest shooting was in 1990 when David Gray shot 13 people in the town of Aramoana after a fight with his neighbor.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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