At least 49 people have been killed and 20 seriously injured after gunmen opened fire in two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch Friday, a coordinated and unprecedented attack that has shocked the usually peaceful nation.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the incident a terrorist attack in a Friday press conference, saying the suspects held “extremist views” that have no place in New Zealand or the world.
Forty-one people were killed when gunmen stormed the al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue, New Zealand’s Police Commissioner Mike Bush said Friday evening local time. Seven people died at the Linwood mosque on Linwood Avenue, and one person died from their injuries in hospital.
Bush said that a male in his late 20s has been charged with murder and will appear at the Christchurch court Saturday morning local time. One of the four apprehended at the scene was in possession of firearms but police said they may have had nothing to do with incident.
Meanwhile, a Facebook Live video was posted on Friday apparently showing the New Zealand mosque gunman videotaping his attack while it was ongoing. The video was apparently taken by the account “Brenton Tarrant 9,” according to the visible URL. A screengrab shows the credit “Brenton Tarrant was live.” The disturbing 17-minute video follows the attacker from his car before the attack to fleeing in his car after.