Fourty-nine people were killed and more than 20 others were seriously injured in two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch after at least one gunman opened fire on worshipers video by Brenton Tarant.
The man identified as Brenton Tarant, born in Australia, filmed the attack on social media. The military uniform was dressed in a military style and carried an automatic rifle and began firing randomly at people at the Nur Mosque shortly after 1:30 pm.
Brenton Tarant who portrayed himself attacking the Christchurch Mosque in a video on Facebook Live, published a 74-page statement claiming to belong to “a working-class, low-income family.”
One of the gunmen reportedly filmed the shooting incident in the mosque and broadcast live on social media, along with a statement identifying his extreme right-wing views. Police urged people not to share the painful footage and said they were removing it from the Internet.
Police will not discuss the motives behind the attacks, but have asked all mosques in New Zealand to close and advised people not to visit them as
The gunman appears to have broadcast live footage from his travels to Facebook, filmed with a camera mounted on his head. The footage appeared to be shooting indiscriminately at men, women and children at close range inside Al-Nour Mosque.
Police called on the public not to share “very sad” footage on the Internet. Facebook said it removed the accounts of the gunmen on Facebook and Instagram and was working to remove any copies of the footage.