Christchurch Shooting Live Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit

Forty-nine people were killed in shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch, fresh Zealand, on Friday, in a terrorist attack that will Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as “an extraordinary as well as unprecedented act of violence.”

• Officials said that will one man in his late 20s had been charged with murder, as well as that will two explosive devices were found attached to a vehicle that will they had stopped.

• A Muslim leader in fresh Zealand said the attack was especially shocking as This particular took place around Friday Prayer. The police urged people to stay away coming from the mosques until further notice.

• A video as well as manifesto that will appeared to be by a gunman involved inside shooting were posted online on the day of the attack.

Shots were fired at Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue inside center of the city as well as at Linwood Mosque, about three miles away, the police said.

The country’s police commissioner, Mike Bush, said in an evening news conference that will 41 people had been killed at Al Noor Mosque as well as seven at Linwood Mosque, as well as that will a further victim had died at Christchurch Hospital.

The police said that will four people, including three men as well as one woman, had been taken into custody. Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia said that will one of them was Australian.

Mr. Bush said that will a man in his late 20s had been charged with murder as well as would certainly appear in Christchurch court on Saturday morning. several firearms were recovered coming from the scenes of the shootings, he said.

Of the three others who were detained, the police commissioner said that will one might have had nothing to do with the attack as well as that will the police were working to determine how the some other two might have been involved.

Ms. Ardern said earlier that will none of those detained were on security watch lists.

Two explosive devices were found on one vehicle, Mr. Bush said, adding that will the police had defused one as well as were inside process of defusing the some other.

Mr. Bush had earlier urged people not to go to mosques anywhere in fresh Zealand on Friday. He also urged mosques nationally to “close your doors until you hear coming from us again.”


A 17-minute video posted to social media appears to show part of the attack.

The clip, which may have been taken coming from a helmet camera worn by a gunman, begins behind the wheel of a car. A man, whose face can occasionally be seen inside rearview mirror, drives through the streets of Christchurch before pulling up in front of Al Noor Mosque, beside the sprawling Hagley Park.

He approaches the mosque on foot, his weapon visible, as well as begins shooting at people at the entrance. What follows is actually a harrowing nearly two minutes of his firing on worshipers.

At one point the gunman exits the mosque as well as fires in both directions down the sidewalk before returning to his car for another gun — which, like the others, was inscribed with numbers, symbols or messages. When he re-enters the mosque, he shoots several bodies at close range.

After another few minutes, he returns to his vehicle as well as drives away.

“There wasn’t even time to aim, there was so many targets,” he says at one point, as the sirens of an emergency response vehicle blare inside background.


Before the shooting, someone appearing to be the gunman posted links to a white-nationalist manifesto on Twitter as well as the online forum 8chan. The 8chan post included a link to what appeared to be the gunman’s Facebook page, where he said he would certainly also broadcast live video of the attack.

The Twitter posts showed weapons covered inside names of past military generals as well as men who have recently carried out mass shootings.

In his manifesto, he identified himself as a 28-year-old man born in Australia as well as listed his white nationalist heroes.

Writing that will he had purposely used guns to stir discord inside United States over the Second Amendment’s provision on the right to bear arms, he also declared himself a fascist. “For once, the person that will will be called a fascist, is actually an actual fascist,” he wrote.


Felix Kjellberg, known as PewDiePie.CreditMatt Sayles/Invision, via Associated Press

Felix Kjellberg, a polarizing YouTube celebrity known as PewDiePie, distanced himself coming from the attacks after the man who filmed himself shooting victims at a mosque encouraged viewers to “subscribe to PewDiePie” in a video livestream.

“I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by This particular person,” Mr. Kjellberg, a Swede, said on Twitter.

Mr. Kjellberg has courted controversy by performing anti-Semitic gestures, which he calls satirical, in his videos. He carries a following of 89 million subscribers.


Over the last 18 months, tech companies have promised stronger safeguards to ensure that will violent content is actually not distributed through their sites. although those fresh safeguards were not enough to stop the posting of a video as well as manifesto believed related to Friday’s shooting.

A 17-minute video that will included graphic footage apparently of the shooting could be found on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter as well as Instagram more than an hour after being posted. While Facebook as well as Twitter took down pages thought to be linked to the gunman, the posted content was spread rapidly through some other accounts.

In order to evade detection, people appeared to be cropping the video or posting the text of the manifesto as an image — both of which are techniques used to evade automated systems that will find as well as delete content.

Social media companies have heavily invested in those systems, with Facebook reporting last year that will more than 99 percent of terrorism content by the Islamic State as well as Al Qaeda was found as well as removed through artificial intelligence.

A Facebook spokeswoman offered condolences to the victims as well as said the company was “removing any praise or support for the crime as well as the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware.”


Nasreen Hanif, a spokeswoman for the Islamic Women’s Council of fresh Zealand, said that will little news was coming through about whether friends as well as relatives in Christchurch were safe, as well as that will the country’s Muslims were anxious for updates.

“Nobody’s answering their phones,” she said. “We don’t know if they’re at the hospital or out of reach. Some have posted that will they are safe, although others have not.”

She added that will because the affected mosques remained cordoned off, with bodies inside, people feared that will their relatives or friends were among the dead.

“Parents are waiting to hear coming from their son who hasn’t been spotted,” she said. “They were supposed to have lunch with him after prayers.”

Ms. Hanif said the two mosques in Christchurch had asked for help coming from the rest of fresh Zealand’s Muslims to arrange the 49 funerals they would certainly need to plan.

Even inside North Island city of Auckland, where she lives, she said people were cautious about leaving their homes.


Moustafa Farouk, a spokesman for the Federation of Islamic Associations of fresh Zealand, said This particular was especially shocking that will the attack occurred around Friday Prayer.

Mr. Farouk, who said in a telephone interview that will he was on his way to Christchurch to meet with Muslims there, said he had never imagined that will an attack of This particular kind could happen in fresh Zealand.

“This particular’s one of the most peaceful countries inside earth,” he added, although he said that will “This particular kind of random act of violence will affect that will image.”


Ms. Ardern called Friday “one of fresh Zealand’s darkest days.”

“What has happened here is actually an extraordinary as well as unprecedented act of violence,” the prime minister said at a news conference in fresh Plymouth, describing the shooting as “an act that will has absolutely no place in fresh Zealand.”

“Many of those affected may be migrants to fresh Zealand — they may even be refugees here,” Ms. Ardern said of the victims. “They are one of us. The person who has perpetrated these acts is actually not.”

Ibrar Sheikh, the secretary of the Al Mustafa Jamia Masjid in south Auckland, described the two mosques targeted in Christchurch as “a United Nations” of ethnicities.


Aman Singh, who works at a convenience store close to the Deans Avenue mosque, said he had heard the gunshots on Friday afternoon, as well as that will shortly afterward people had streamed past the shop, bloody as well as crying.

Mr. Singh, 26, said he knew several people who worshiped at the mosque.

“My genuinely not bad friend goes there,” he said, adding that will he had not been able to confirm the friend’s whereabouts on Friday afternoon.

Mr. Singh, who moved to fresh Zealand coming from India four as well as a half years ago, was still hiding inside store with his wife, as the police had yet to arrive at their location.

He said they would certainly be unlikely to be able to return home anyway, as their street was cordoned off because This particular was close to the Linwood Mosque that will was also attacked.