New Zealand mosque attack: 'Let's get this party started' boasted Brenton Tarrant

Carla Harmon
March 16, 2019

In the wake of a terror attack on two Christchurch mosques that took the lives of 49 people and injured at least 20, people have been expressing their sympathies for the victims by leaving flowers at local mosques in New Zealand and around the world.

The 59-year-old Canadian songwriter was due to appear at Hagley Park in the New Zealand city on Sunday, but has since put the concert on hold following the tragic attack. David Gray went on a rampage, killing 12 people, including four children and a police officer.

Law enforcement officials in other cities across the country, including NY and Los Angeles, have also said they are increasing security forces at mosques in response to the shooting. One person has been arrested and charged with murder.

Law enforcement sources have told CBS News that Australian-born Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, was charged with murder over the attacks on the two mosques. Worshippers, possibly dead or wounded, lay on the floor, the video showed. In Scotland, the shooting of 16 students and a teacher in March 1996 prompted the banning of private ownership of handguns in the United Kingdom, and after the Port Arthur massacre where 35 people were killed in a series of shootings, Austrailia enacted widespread tightening of gun laws.

Relief groups like the New Zealand Red Cross are already helping the community register missing persons, connect with loved ones, or mark themselves safe. In fact, right now, I'm sure New Zealand would like me to share a message on their behalf too.

He visited Bulgaria from November 9-15 previous year claiming he wanted "to visit historical sites and study the history of the Balkan country", Bulgaria's public prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov said, adding that the inquiry would establish if this was "correct or if he had other objectives". He also had more assault weapons in the trunk of his vehicle, along with what appeared to be explosives. He said his brother last visited Jordan two years ago.

The gunman said he was not a member of any organization, acted alone and chose New Zealand to show that even the most remote parts of the world are not free of "mass immigration".

Givealitte: This New Zealand-based crowdfunding platform is hosting a live campaign where people can donate for victim support.

Christchurch is home to almost 400,000 people and is sometimes called the Garden City.

Those new amendments included greater oversight over the acquisition of ammunition, restricting sales to only firearms license holders and requiring permits for people to order guns or ammunition by mail, updating and adding more information including photographs to individuals'gun licenses, and requiring secure storage for guns.

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