Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

New Zealand to change gun law after massive shooting in Christchurch

New Zealand to change gun law after massive shooting in Christchurch

The video showed a man driving to the Al Noor mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people with a semi-automatic rifle.

Judge Paul Kellar allowed journalists to use cameras and shoot video but said Tarrant's face must be obscured in order to protect his right to a fair trial.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison earlier confirmed that one of the four people taken into custody is Australian. No images have emerged from there.

Tarrant was arrested in a auto, which police said was carrying improvised explosive devices, 36 minutes after they were first called. Two others are still in custody.

Christchurch is a city of about 400,000 residents, still recovering from a massive natural disaster in 2011 that killed 187 people.

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The visiting Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at one of the mosques when the shooting started but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters.

Police have long anxious that the gaps and loopholes make it easier for the wrong people to obtain and keep firearms.

The Australian man allegedly responsible for live streaming a massacre of Muslims as they prayed in New Zealand mosques was not previously known to security agencies in Australia or New Zealand, authorities said.

"As of last night, we were able to take all of the victims from both of those scenes and in doing so we have located a victim", he said. "Just helping people is his main thing". One victim died at a hospital. He says 36 victims remain hospitalized, with two of them in critical condition.

The city is on edge as helicopters are heard overhead and people are advised to stay indoors.

A gunman attacked the mosques on Friday, killing 50 people and leaving dozens badly injured.

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This handout picture released by the office of New Zealand Prime Minister shows New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meeting with the representatives of the refugee centre during a visit to the Canterbury Refugee Centre in Christchurch on March 16, 2019.

In what appeared to be the worst attack against Muslims in a western country, witnesses spoke of victims being shot at close range, with women and children believed to be among those killed.

Naeem migrated to New Zealand with his family in 2009 and was a teacher.

"I'm not sure how to deal with this". Nabi's family left Kabul, Afghanistan, for New Zealand in the 1970s.

'Just 24 hours after the Christchurch shooting New Zealand bans semiautomatic guns!' she wrote in reference to New Zealand Attorney General David Parker's comments about banning the controversial weapons. Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country that has had low levels of gun violence. Tarrant, obtained a "Category A" gun licence in November 2017 and began purchasing the five weapons used in Friday's attacks the following month, she said.

Leaders around the world expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks, with some deploring the demonisation of Muslims. "Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives".

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"My message was, "Sympathy and love for all Muslim communities".

The terrorist also said in his anti-immigrant "manifesto" that he came to New Zealand only to plan and train for the attack.

Pence also affirmed USA cooperation in ensuring all the perpetrators were brought to justice.

"Inevitably, this is such a small community, so these people are going to be people who are familiar to us, even if we don't know them directly", he says.

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