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Skimmed through his manifesto. He actually copy pasted the 'What the fuck did you just say to me you little bitch? I'll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals...etc' meme in it. What the fuck
Channel 7 News here in Aus actually reported that "he claimed to be a Navy Seal with 300 confirmed kills".
I think they missed the sarcasm.
i just laughed outloud then got sad because i remember the context
Police have also found a car bomb:
There is a bomb on Strickland Street in Christchurch, two police officers have confirmed to our reporter on the ground.
The bomb is located inside a beige Subaru that has crashed on Strickland Street, about three kilometres from the Al Noor Mosque where the shooting took place.
“You’re not safe here, there’s a bomb in that car,” a senior police officer told our reporter Eleanor Ainge Roy. She and the police have moved back several hundred metres, to stay at a safe difference.
from the Guardian live feed
Sounds like he’s inspired by anders brevik. He also had “14” written all over his gun which I’m guessing is a reference to the “14 words”. Straight up white supremist. This is terrible.
He’s got a Manifesto too. Just finished reading it he’s a Fascist and his hero is Sir Oswald Mosley who was in head of the British Union of Fascists.
There may be two shootings now.
“Reports of an additional gunman at the Linwood Masjid mosque are unconfirmed by authorities, though TVNZ reports an estimated 300 people were inside the mosque at the time of the shooting.”
This happened during Friday prayers which is when mosques have the most people in them. Definitely planned for maximum casualties.
Article linked said ~300 people at the mosque plus Bangladeshi cricket team who left immediately and is safe.
Edit: it now says 500 people were at the mosque with 20-30 children.
40 dead would be our entire yearly murder rate. I hope that fucker never gets out
From a witness:
It was very peaceful, calm and quiet, as it is when the sermon starts, you could hear a pin drop.
Then suddenly the shooting started. It started in the main room... I was in the side room, so I didn’t see who was shooting but I saw that some people were running out to my room where I was in, I saw some people had blood on their body and some people were limping. It was at the moment I realised things were really serious.
So I tried too get out and I pushed myself at the back where my car was, and from there I heard the shooting, it went on six minutes or more, I could hear screaming and crying, I saw some people drop dead, some people were running away, I was in a wheelchair, so I couldn’t get anywhere.
He did his massacre inside the mosque.
The man then pushed himself back into the mosque after the shooting ended, trying to find his wife, and help others.
I pushed myself back into the mosque. To the right, I saw about 20 plus people, some were dead, some were screaming. On the left there were 10 plus people, some were dead,
I saw the bullet shells on the floor, so many hundreds.
Six minutes of shooting is intense. What a traumatic experience for victims and survivors.
it was even longer, he kept returning and shooting into the piles of bodies laying about, at one point he shoots a girl on the street and proceeds to run over her dead body with his car
That’s why the news shouldn’t report what the surviving victims did in detail from the past shootings. There were so many interviews of victims who played dead on the floor and made it out. This shooter absolutely took note of that and made sure everyone on the floor was really dead.
What a crazy mf. Most of these shooters kill themselves afterwards I’m surprised they caught him alive.
The ones that simply kill people to get their names in the papers and get attention kill themselves so they don't have to face the consequences. These psychopaths who believe they're fighting some holy war or for a just cause won't (E: Usually, with exceptions like suicide bombers).
I also saw a guy trying to tackle 'him/it'. I think he got real close.
Man what a hero.
If I want to remember a name from this tradgedy, it's that guy. Not the shooter.
I don't think it's rocket science, mate.
These shooters had the luxury of time, undertaking this attack in a location where it is so unprecedented. He strolled around to the two groups of huddled victims and continually shot, then even went back outside to an alley where his car was to get another gun, then stroll back in to loose more bullets.
Is that guys wife okay?
I've been scouring the comments to find out - I hope so. I'll let you know if I see something.
Edit: according to a comment below, she did not survive but I cannot verify as I cannot listen to audio right now.
"hey, his wife did pass away. It was mentioned in this video here :(
Looks like they got him.
He had a white subaru in his stream...
"Additional alleged shooting suspects have been apprehended at Papanui High School in #Christchurch in #NewZealand which is reported to have been a third shooting scene"
I just don't have words. I am so glad he was detained and his insanity can stop there.
NZ’er here. This is completely incomprehensible. The world news may have decensitised some to mass shootings but you need to know this has never happened in NZ. You have to go back 30 years to find the next worst shooting.
My cousin is a cop in CHCH, hoping his night isn’t too hard tonight. He started shift an hour ago. He normally has running races with graffiti vandals and takes truant kids back to School. Tonight probably the first time he sees a dead body.
This gives me flashbacks to the terror attack in Norway in 2011: no one suspected it would happen there of all places. I remember how shocking and terrifying it was being out of the country when it happened in my hometown where my family lives.
Edit: 2011 not 2012
The fact that he had the name "Breivik" on a magazine, and mentions Anders Behring Breivik in his manifesto makes me so fucking sad.
I love New Zealand and just the slight idea that this asshole was inspired by such a horrible person over here makes me just eugh
The world knows this never happens in NZ, its why its such an enormous story. I hope your cousin stays safe tonight
Fellow Kiwi here, this is just horrifying. This doesn't happen to us, and I just don't know how to help.
I'm confused is this a coordinated attack on multiple targets or one shooter going to multiple targets?
I doubt this can be one shooter. I live there and cant really understand how he'd drive so quickly between when these shootings were reported. From my understanding it seemed to happen in two different places at the same time. Plus the eyewitness reports so far seem to suggest more than one guy. But we'll see.
Currently watching live from Australia. They are reporting at least 6 people dead and are saying that there seems to be multiple different shootings around the city.
Edit - death toll is at least between 20-30. At this point it seems likely the number will rise. It seems at this point that this is a coordinated attack by a group of people against the NZ muslim community. Multiple mosques have been attacked by at the very least 2 terrorists.
Edit 2 - i have read one of the terrorist's manifesto, in short his motivation was his belief that muslims and other non white races are invading western countries. There are 3 other people arrested in connection to the attacks and it is reasonable to say they all have the same motive.
Edit 3 - NZ Prime Minister has put the number of dead at 40, with 20 more seriously wounded.
Edit 4 - now 49 dead and over 20 injured.
At least three injured, per the article. I’ll try and keep this post updated.
Mosque is in Christchurch, NZ. It’s the third most populous city in the country.
Reliable Twitter reports from Christchurch Hospital employee suggest that at least eight people are injured.
The Prime Minister of NZ has cancelled all her planned events for the afternoon in response to this event
NZ Police say they got reports of shots fired around 1:40 local time, advise residents to call 111 if they see suspicious activity.
Reports relating to the number of shots fired are in the range of 20-30. Injury count still a little uncertain.
Shooter was wearing a “military-style” jacket, around 300 people inside the mosque at the time —RNZ News
Video going around suggests higher death toll possible.
Local TV is saying 6 dead. Source
Reports of a second shooting at a different mosque in Linwood, NZ, a suburb of Christchurch. Second shooting reports are typical and usually false, so take this with a grain of salt.
Eyewitnesses suggesting the number shot may be in the dozens.
A Facebook video going around is showing the gunman’s stream of the event. Again, not going to link. The casualty toll is going to rise.
Shooter’s Twitter can be found online. Posted a series of manifestos. Not going to link or name him. If you want to see it you can find it.
NZHerald is saying that shootings occurred in mosques, as in the plural. Initial reports of dual shootings may be correct. A third shooting is also reported at Christchurch Hospital.
Hospital staff are expecting 40-50 injured — Source
The Guardian is reporting that a bomb was found in a crashed car on Strickland Street in Christchurch, three kilometers from the attack. Source
Bangladeshi cricket team was either at or near the mosque, they are all reportedly safe.
Situation remains active according to New Zealand Police. [Twitter] Reports of shots fired within past 10 minutes.
Picture is circulating of police surrounding a suspect on the ground, it can be seen on the NZ Herald website.
Same website as above states that dozens are feared dead.
The report of a shooting at Christchurch Hospital appears to be false.
The report of a second shooting at a separate mosque in the suburb of Linwood seems to be true, according to local news reports.
Local media reporting at least 9 dead. The consensus from those who have seen the clips, and local media speculation, that number will almost certainly rise.
As of 4:10 NZDT, New Zealand Police say they have a suspect in custody, shootings occurred at two mosques in Christchurch. Video
New Zealand Police are unsure if there are more suspects, only one person was featured in the video going around.
New Zealand Police tell people not to go to any mosque today until the situation is clear.
New Zealand Police say they "believe there may be other offenders" — Twitter.
"This is and will be one of New Zealand's darkest days" — NZ PM Jacinda Arden
Twitter sources and a couple of local news reports have a higher death toll than what is currently being reported, going to wait till a more legitimate news source comments on it.
I'll also be working on a Reddit Live thread but this will continue to be updated.
Link to a map that shows the locations of the two mosques.
Police briefing scheduled to occur at 5:00pm local time, 12:00am EST.
As of 11:48pm EST and 4:48 NZDT, At least 27 people are dead and dozens more are injured according to the Herald Sun.
New Zealand Police are aware of the footage and are working to delete it as best as they can. They further urge it not be shared.
As noted by a couple of individuals, the attack occurred during Jumu'ah, or Friday Prayer. Attendance is higher during this prayer.
Press conference delayed until 5:30pm local time.
Christchurch schools remain on lockdown as the police describe the situation as "ongoing".
A Malaysian citizen among the injured. [Twitter]
Photo of police arresting the reported suspect.
Christchurch Police have four people in custody, three men and one woman.
IEDs were found on several vehicles, but they have been made safe, says PD Spokesman Mike Bush.
It’s 1:00am where I live so I’m only going to be updating if something major happens and I happen to be awake. Others should keep updating the live thread. My love goes out to Christchurch, the country of New Zealand, and the greater Muslim community.
Lockdown of Christchurch schools lifted, perhaps signaling the New Zealand Police are more confident in the safety of the public at this time.
Video of the police’s arrest of one of the suspects.
49 dead and at least 48 injured in attacks on Christchurch mosques.
Out of the four arrested suspects, one is no longer thought to be involved. Two others were arrested due to proximity at the scene while being armed. The Australian man is the primary suspect.
New official tally from police is 49 dead, 42 injured -- two of those injured are in critical condition, including a four-year old child.
NZ Police media statements on 15 March 2019:
Statements and press briefings by NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
'One of New Zealand's darkest days' - PM Jacinda Ardern. Checkpoint, RNZ. 15 March 2019. Note: The PM was not in Wellington when this happened. Hence remark that she was flying back to Wellington.
Statement from Jacinda Ardern on Christchurch shootings. Press release with similar content to media briefing.
"Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence," Ms Ardern said.
"Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting will be migrants, they will be refugees here. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home and it is their home. They are us.
"The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not. They have no place in New Zealand.
"There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence which it is clear this act was. "
PM's press statement at 19:24 PM: NZ Labour's Facebook video, Al Jazeera and CNN tweet with video. A terrorist attack. Further update from Jacinda Ardern on Christchurch mass shooting. Briefing's press release.
Someone asked if the PM's use of "unprecedented" was correct. She spoke the truth. To put this into perspective for people not in NZ:
Christchurch shooting: 300 people inside mosque - witness. RNZ. 15 March 2019.
Victims Support NZ has set up 2 crowdfunding pages where you can donate funds to victims of the Christchurch shooting.
I am aware there's likely to be scams, so I am also including links to help you authenticate these organisations. Also there are people reading this who may not be familiar with NZ organisations.
Dunedin is a city south of Christchurch. 193 miles / 310 kms by air or 224 miles / 361 kms by car (Distances quoted from google search).
Note: I'll edit this comment to add more updates.
Eye witness said shooting was going on for around 20 mins
Not going to link or name him
Thank you for this. This monster doesn't need any recognition. Don't give him his day of fame. Remember the people that have suffered and died, but blot out the memory of this guy entirely.
I have pleaded with NZ media after one of the more recent US shootings to also do this after they literally ranked US shooters by the number of people they killed. They ignored me.
A reminder for everyone: PLEASE don't click on articles with the shooters details. The media values clicks over lives. They will continue until people stop clicking.
For decades psychologists have told media outlets that the way they report on shootings encourages further shootings and the media has completely ignored them. More shootings means more ratings/sales/clicks.
He probably shot 50 people
My mother works at the local hospital and they were told to expect a lot of people. They're also on lockdown now and moving patients away from the windows due to reports of more shooting at the hospital.
It fucking sucks being on the other side of the world from family sometimes. Last time I got phone calls and texts from them like this it was due to earthquakes destroying half the damn city. Kia kaha Christchurch.
If that video someone posted here earlier was real then there's a lot of dead people. Fucking guy was wearing a body cam and just shooting people huddled up on the floor. Fucking disgusting piece of shit.
Yeah I counted at least 20 that are probably dead, about 15 of which are definitely dead. He was following the people he put down and shooting them a few more times to make sure.
Fucking sick fuck
He posted on 8chan before doing this. Thread has people applauding him. Edgy cunts
What the fuck is wrong with people?
This is the type of stuff that happens when you dehumanize a group because of their beliefs. Some says it's just words, but there are those who will want to take it beyond speech and into violence.
"They're different, they will pollute our way of living with their own, we cannot allow this to happen. They are wrong and evil, we are good and just and if they can't see that its too late to let them live"
-Every message in human history that has lead to a massacre summarized
He also says his goal is to create conflict in the USA which will hopefully lead to a race war
Another edgy memelord who jerks it to The Turner Diaries. Fuck that entire mindset. Idiots and assholes have been trying to kick off a 'race war' for a while, it didn't work for Charles Manson, and it won't work for this rankest compound of villainous smell that ever offended nostril.
Why this constant hard-on for a race war from these people? The problem with starting wars is that you can lose them.
At least 49 dead, latest update.
My heart hurts so much those poor families. I saw a report of a 5 year old boy and his father killed at the same time. This is unbelievable.
40 dead. 30 at one mosque and 10 at another. 20 seriously injured. 2 bombs also, both disarmed. 4 arrested, 3 in custody, I think. Ardern spoke really well.
His manifesto has a copypasta in it. It's a weird feeling, seeing a mass murderers manifesto make the same joke a Twitch streamer makes. I think that was the most humanizing thing I have ever seen or heard from a terrorist and it makes me deeply uncomfortable, and I'm not sure why.
Yeah the shooter literally encouraged the viewers of his live stream to "subscribe to pewdiepie". Shit is ridiculous.
His gun was also painted half with memes and half with well,,, White Nationist memes
He's trying to be as inflammatory as possible with this. The use of memes and internet culture really shows this. Especially him saying fortnite trained him to murder people. This is bait. The ultimate most fucked up form of bait possible. He said in his manifesto he wants to start a race war, and wants gun control laws passed. He carefully planned this out to be the biggest bait possible.
Because some human beings are monsters, and when you realize that, ideologies and and politics aside, these people are just like you and me. It's like staring into an abyss. Or a mirror.
Total number of fatalities has now risen to 49. Absolutely abhorrent.
The entire Bangladesh test cricket team, who are currently touring New Zealand were also shot at while in the mosque. All escaped unharmed according to reporters at the area. Looks like an extremely bad situation for other worshippers in the mosque though.
Edit: The team was pulling up to the mosque in their bus when the shooting started.
That is so sad, no one would have expected this in NZ of all places. Stark reminder of the Sri Lankan cricket team which was brutally attacked in Pakistan and afaik one player was wounded.
Some genius DM’ed saying he/she wants proof. Here you go mate: Sri Lankan cricket Team ambushed in Pakistan
New Zealand was rated the second safest country (behind Iceland) in 2018 apparently.
I'm born and bred in Christchurch. This is devastating. Completely fucked up. Speechless.
How weird that an Australian in New Zealand commits a terrorist attack and in his manifesto he heavily focuses on US issues and 4chan memes. Probably lived on the internet.
Not a gunman, a terrorist.
Yeah, the manifesto pretty much lays it out. It’s just as straightforward as ISIS material.
Any people advocating for a “pure” state of any kind, religious, racial, or otherwise are generally dangerous. There’s just no way to achieve such a thing without extreme violence. Even if it’s not something they advocate for immediately, it’s the only logical conclusion to solve what they consider their “problem”
Confirmed 40 deaths as of 7pm, as stated by the Prime Minister on the news this evening.
He had some depraved shit written on his guns, I believe I made out "14" (from the 14 words) and "Kebab Remover"
He had "This is for Ebba Akerlund" written on one of his clips as well. Ebba Åkerlund was one of the victims of the ISIS attack in Stockholm, Sweden.
Ahmad Al-Mahmoud, 37, described the shooter as white skinned, blond, quite short and wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest. He and others broke a window in a door to escape from the mosque. Prayers started at 1.30pm. The gunman came in about 10 minutes later, when everyone was on their knees praying, he said. The gunman let off dozens, if not hundreds of rounds, he said.
Apparently there were three hundred to five hundred people at the mosque. - https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/384791/christchurch-shooting-300-people-inside-mosque-witness
I want to throw up.
This sounds like it was deliberately timed to coincide with Jummah (Friday) Prayers when the mosques would have had the peak number of people.
From all details so far, it was planned to cause maximum carnage :(
jesus new zealand was supposed to be really far away from all this shit
We do have some nutjobs, but they usually keep to their own groups.
This is the first shooting targeting a particular group of people in New Zealand.
The guys a real psycho. "New Zealand was not the original choice for attack, I only arrived to New Zealand to live temporarily whilst I planned and trained, but I soon found out that New Zealand was as target rich of an environment as anywhere else in the West. Secondly an attack in New Zealand would bring to attention the truth of the assault on our civilization, that no where in the world was safe, the invaders were in all of our lands, even in the remotest areas of the world"
Secondly an attack in New Zealand would bring to attention the truth of the assault on our civilization, that no where in the world was safe, the invaders were in all of our lands, even in the remotest areas of the world
He was a visitor to NZ, where he committed a massacre. He's the invader. He represents the threat to our civilisation.
According to him all white European nations share the same culture so he is technically not an invader. Lol. The mental gymnastics.
And so he sought to free the birthplace of European culture from invaders, New Zealand.
I'm sure this fuck was completely past the point of being able to recognize hypocrisy or irony
I find it deeply ironic how white supremacists claim to be the cultural heirs of both the Romans and Germanics while simultaneously complaining about "barbarian invaders"
"the invaders were in all of our lands" coming from a white guy in New Zealand would be comical in other circumstances. Unfortunately it just shows how dangerous the ideas of white supremacy are when they take hold
I'm from the US and I'm currently in Christchurch, literally about a mile from where the shooting took place. When I came to New Zealand, this is the last thing I could have expected, and practically right on my doorstep. I'm in shock.
I never thought I would see the term 'active shooter' in a headline from New Zealand.
Those who seek to do harm can find ways to do so in free countries. You can't be everywhere and prevent everything at all times. It's horrible, but the ugly reality is that they are nearly unstoppable. However, they are small hazards and extremely unlikely. I just hope they did as little carnage as possible here.
This is fucked up. The shooter showed his intention on his fb, twitter and 8chan but nobody reported it to the authorities? Also 8chan community is fucked up too, some even supported him. Fucking hell.
“Something big is going to happen soon” posts are made every 10 seconds on 4chan and 8chan.
8chan Neanderthals are still supporting him.
So I’m from New Zealand. This is probably the saddest day I’ve ever had to witness as a New Zealander.
Tonight my sister and I posted that we would help transport those who didn’t feel safe to venture out alone as the news has advised that Muslim people refrain from going to a Mosque to pray or just in general. The Muslim community is in a state of panic. That is not speculation. It’s genuine reality. Within 5 minutes of posting that we would be there for anyone that needed it we were inundated with messages.
One man spoke of how his sister is FaceTiming him begging him to cut his beard and try to look less “obviously Muslim.” Another told us of how a sales person knocked on his door and the dread set in and he pretended not to be home out of fear of being targeted. In a small rural town- some people have left flowers at a Mosque only t have people drive past telling them that they were next and that there should have been more fatalities.
Tonight I witnessed the worried pleas of a mother who’d lost contact with her son who was meant to have been at the mosque while the shooting occurred, pleading on Facebook with the police for an update on his whereabouts. Whether he was alive. Whether he was dead. Whether he was injured. I witnessed a man link her the live stream of the shooting and tell her to watch it and find out for herself with laughing emojis at the end of it.
Mosques throughout the country have armed guards surrounding them. This has never happened here. Many NZ residents have never seen a gun.
A senator from Australia condemned the acts of the shooter but supported the reasoning. The Mayor of Christchurch, one hour after Paul Buchanan started awareness of violent white supremacist groups in Christchurch, refuted these claims and said that she was unaware of their existence. I live in Auckland and am aware of them. As a person of colour (I am a Maori woman) you are constantly told to never travel to Christchurch because of the neonazis and skinheads etc. This maniac went to Christchurch because there was a place for him. This is an issue we need to face as a country and cull from our society.
This situation has absolutely gutted my country. I and everyone here are extremely upset that this has happened. Personally I hope that the Muslim community in NZ can one day feel safe again. I hope that one day they will be able to feel peace during worship. I am so obscenely crushed by what’s transpired but I could only imagine how much worse that would be if I were part of the group targeted.
Edit: wow. I’m blown away by the messages of love and support I’ve been receiving for this and want to reiterate something I’ve mentioned in a comment. The offer we’ve sent out to the Muslim community in NZ is not an isolated thing. We’ve seen hundreds upon hundreds of others in our country, our city, our town and community make this offer. I’d also like to thank those who’ve sent messages offering to send money for gas to us but I want to say that we’re seriously okay in this regard and don’t need for anything. We’ve got a Suzuki swift with a full tank thanks to how economically friendly it is on gas. I’m blown away by the love and support and can only ask that you redirect this to the victims, your local and wider Muslim community and all those possibly affected. Thank you for showing kindness. Thank you for being such a beautiful community. You’re amazing people. If you are deeply affected by this and feel the need to help here is a link to a fundraiser for relief for families of those impacted by this situation;
NZ is the last place you'd think something like this would happen god damn.
Last time a big shooting happened there, the Aramoana massacre, gun laws changed. I wonder what will happen this time.
From his manifesto on why he used a gun:
Why did you choose to use firearms? I could have chosen any weapons or means.A TATP filled rental van. Household flour, a method of dispersion and an ignition source.A ballpeen hammer and a wooden shield.Gas,fire,vehicular attacks,plane attacks, any means were available. I had the will and I had the resources. I chose firearms for the affect it would have on social discourse, the extra media coverage they would provide and the affect it could have on the politics of United states and thereby the political situation of the world. The US is torn into many factions by its second amendment, along state, social, cultural and, most importantly, racial lines. With enough pressure the left wing within the United states will seek to abolish the second amendment, and the right wing within the US will see this as an attack on their very freedom and liberty. This attempted abolishment of rights by the left will result in a dramatic polarization of the people in the United States and eventually a fracturing of the US along cultural and racial lines.
Fucking piece of shit used a gun intentionally to start another fight, and he'll probably succeed. Firearms are an extremely polar topic. Just look at the fights going on in this comment section alone.
Amazing how much US internal politics affect these guys. Brevick was similar, so many references to what goes on internally in the US. Not even foreign policy.
It won't cause a civil war, or a race war, that's silly. But I think it will work, in that pundits, particularly on 24 hour news outlets won't be able to stop themselves.
They will, on the left say, "see how dangerous guns are?"
They will, on the right say, "see, how a country with heavy gun control couldn't stop this?"
And people will dig in further.
What happened so far (Based in the article):
3 men and 1 women has been arrested in a shooting at two mosques (Masjid Al Noor on Deans Ave and Linwood Masjid on Linwood Ave) - 40 deaths and 20 injuries so far. Police suspects that there may more people involved, and the situation is evolving, said Police Commissioner Mike Bush. He asked Christchurch residents to stay inside and all mosques around the country should shut their doors.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was one on New Zealand's "darkest days”. Waikato law professor Al Gillespie said it was too early to speculate on the motives of the shooter, but drew a distinction between mass shootings and terrorism. He said New Zealand’s terrorist threat risk is low and the cell could be detected it ifs not a lone wolf.
The emergency department at Christchurch has been cleared out with 40-50 injured people expected by the hospital. Armed police have been checking all vehicles outside Christchurch Hospital, and Police have urged anyone in central Christchurch to stay indoors and call the police.
St John said in a statement that it was notified of a firearms incident in central Christchurch at 1.53pm on Friday (local time), and there are 20 emergency ambulances and other vehicles providing support at the very site. They are also drawing resources from other parts of the country to provide support.
Deans Ave has been closed, while Linwood Ave has been closed between Aldwins Rd and Worcester St, and Brougham St (State Highway 76) has been closed between Antigua and Durham streets. About 20 armed police have worked to clear buildings in Linwood, including Eastgate Mall, which will be closed for the rest of the day.
The Bangladesh cricket team were in the mosque where shots were fired on Friday. They are due to play New Zealand at Hagley Oval on Saturday. New Zealand Cricket has been contacted about if the game will still go ahead.
Testimonies on the Deans Ave Mosque:
The former president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury Mohammed Jama said a man with a gun went into the Deans Ave mosque about 1.40pm on Friday. About 300 people were inside the mosque "and he started shooting all the people". He saw about four people injured and two people lying on the ground. He did not know if they were alive or dead.
One man who was there at the time said a man came in with an automatic rifle and was "just killing people". He ran. Another witness said the man was wearing a helmet, had a huge gun, lots of bullets. He came through and starting shooting. People have to smash the door and the window glass to get out. He said that the shooter fired more than 50 times.
Ahmed Tani, of the Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resource Centre, said he was walking to the mosque and was about 400m away when he heard many gunshots. He said that he was from Somalia and last time a shooting happened was 8 years ago.
An anonymous man was in the Deans Ave Mosque praying and managed to escape when he heard the shooting start, but his wife was killed. Other Muslims, upon seeing this, supported his head and prayed for him. Another man saw children being shot.
Dozens of people were shot by a man wearing military uniform, who emptied at least two magazines. Ranzan Ala began to escape when he heard the shooting, and he saw he had blood on him from other people, his friend Fiji, who was at the mosque, went missing. About 20 to 30 children had been among the roughly 500 people inside, he said.
Argyle on the Park owner Lena Borodin said she saw a man in a silver car pulled up outside her motel and shoot an elderly Muslim man who was walking toward the mosque. The shot shattered the driver's side window of the gunman's car.
The elderly man, aged in his 70s, was shot in his side. He lay on the ground outside a unit at the motel until a police came and helped him. A resident on nearby Freyberg St said she heard "hundreds" of shots and it was "terrifying". A man in the Deans Ave mosque at the time, who would not give his name, said there were "bodies all over me".
The gunman, who she described as young and skinny, then drove away. A bloodstain can be seen on the concrete where he lay at the motel.
Ahmad Al-Mahmoud, 37, described the shooter as white-skinned, blond, quite short and wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest. He and others broke a window in a door to escape from the mosque. Prayers started at 1.30pm and the gunman came in about 10 minutes later, when everyone was on their knees praying. The gunman let off dozens, if not hundreds of rounds, he said.
Muslim Association of Marlborough chairman Zayd Blissett said he found out about the shooting from a text sent by the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand at 2.04pm, saying "50 shot" during Friday prayers in Christchurch. He was understandably upset.
South Island manager for Naki Labour Hire, Carl Pomare, was one of the first people on the scene. "We were driving opposite the mosque at 1.40pm and we saw a whole lot of people outside the mosque entrance on the footpath and the next thing, we saw them run." He heard shots going off rapidly like fireworks and saw people hitting the ground.
Pomare, along with another two people from Heb Construction Limited formed a cordon with their cars, stopping people from approaching the area on the southern end. Helping at the scene, Pomare said one of the people who had been shot was a 5-year-old girl. Her father was nursing her and asking people for help.
Testimonies from the Linwood Mosque shooting:
Sabir Hussain, who was inside the Linwood mosque, said he was "doing a prayer when our imam said our brothers have been shot". He went into the washroom and saw one man dead outside through the window. He jumped out of the window and hid behind a fence until police arrived.
A reporter at the scene said people at the cordon were hugging as they passed through the tape. One man wearing a prayer robe was covered in blood but appeared to be uninjured, she said. Doctors from the Piki Te Ora health centre in Linwood Ave tried to help victims at the mosque but could not save anyone.
Syed Ahmed said he saw man wearing a black motorcycle helmet and camouflage clothing carrying what he thought was a black assault rifle with white writing. The man started "indiscriminate shooting" from outside the mosque, first hitting several elderly people sitting on chairs during prayers. “They were basically all shot." He said.
He thought at least eight people had been shot, including at least three women and two of his friends. One had been shot in the head and remained inside the mosque, he said. The man came through the front door "shouting something", but it "could not be heard over the screaming". Ahmed said he kept "low on the ground" and crawled to the storeroom before getting away.
Mitch Redman said he saw four or five men with their hands on their heads being led out of the building about 2.20pm. Police carried out two or three children from the building and put them in a car, he said.
Sheik Ali said his brother was inside and saw a gunman "open fire" - There were people on the ground, but no confirmed fatalities.
Linwood Dental Centre practice manager Janine Richmond said she heard about 20 gunshots come from the Linwood Mosque about 1.45pm. She said armed offenders squad (AOS) members with dogs came in and searched the clinic, which is about 50 metres from the mosque, shortly after.
Responses and Reactions:
Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel said she was "shocked beyond words" by the shootings, a sentiment in which people around the country and around the world shares. Dalziel said she was not in a position to comment on the shootings themselves.
She said all civic buildings including the council headquarters, public library and art gallery were in lockdown. She asked people to heed police advice to keep out of the central city, and to stay safe inside a building if they were already in the central city.
Police quickly cleared Cathedral Square, where thousands of children were rallying for action on climate change. 50-60 children have been kept inside the Christchurch City Council building on Hereford St. They had been visiting the council as part of Friday's action against climate change.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush said all Christchurch schools have been placed into lockdown. Tertiary institutes have also been locked down. Families from various schools were sent text messages about 2.05pm, which said: "This is not an exercise."
The Canterbury District Health Board said the public should not attend Christchurch Hospital unless it is an emergency.
A spokeswoman said the board has activated its mass casualty plan and all appointments have been cancelled on Friday afternoon. No staff or patients are to enter or leave the building. She did not know how many patients were expected, adding it was an "evolving situation".
Christchurch Hospital, the nearby outpatients building, and Hillmorton and Princess Margaret hospitals are in lockdown. A spokeswoman for St George's, a private hospital, said management was keeping in close contact with Christchurch Hospital about the situation.
The city's justice and emergency services precinct was placed in lockdown about 2.20pm with a warning on the public address system that staff and visitors should stay away from external windows and close blinds if possible. Armed police were reported outside the entrances.
District Court judges were away at a seminar on Friday and arrests were being handled by Justices of the Peace. That afternoon session was delayed, but the JPs remained at the court where the staff closed blinds, to try to get the arrests processed.
Yesterday in Brazil, now in New Zealand...wtf is going on with people?
What happened in Brazil?
Two people killed students in a school.
Two guys,a 17 years old and a 25 years,members of a Brazilian board-Chan planned a professedly Columbine style shooting crime in the school both used to study,involving guns,a cross-bow(not used),axes and Molotovs.
7 high school students,2 workers and the uncle of the youngest(due the need of a stolen car to cross the city,cause a shoot report to distract the police before going to the school) killed.
Edit:Wronged about the terms High and middle school in Brazil.
But unfortunately last(and first time) something like this happened in Brazil,in 2010,was truly in a middle school.11 children(and he was shouting that he giving boys a chance,while deliberately chasing girls) and he was user of another conspiracy and religion centered-Chan as well celebrated by those guys from the recent massacre.
Middle schoolers? Fuck...
The first victim of the terrorist attack in #Christchurch, New Zealand is seen standing by the door of the masjid. He is heard saying "Hello brother" to the gunman before he is brutally gunned down.
His last word to his killer was "brother".
This cocksucker is going on about "invaders" in France and then decides to shoot up a mosque in New Zealand? Bastard.
Edit: Mosque not church
Fucking horrifying, you don't expect this kind of shit here.
RIP to all those lost.
50 to 60 reportedly dead??? Holy shit. Terrible news of true
Edit: now it is feared that around 30 around dead as per article with hospitals braced to have 40 to 50 injured.
Edit II: 49 dead at moment. 42 at one mosque, 6 at other and one at hospital.
And then you read local news pages...
https://i.imgur.com/AYiXQ87.png "good" I feel so sick right now. People are evil.
edit: annnd someone also just added a gif of bart simpson saying "meh." Like people, human beings, people that live and breath and have hopes and dreams and fear and loved ones, were just fucking gunned down. People were begging not to be shot. And then you have people that just have the fucking gall to comment shit like that? I don't understand. Someone please help me understand.
Yeah. It's difficult to find the good in society on days like these.
It's like I know people like that exist but still reading it I couldn't believe it, I had to scroll back and make sure I was reading it right. Like okay on reddit it makes me angry but I'm not really surprised. But on a local facebook page with people's full profiles?! The fucking audacity. I need to step away from a while because I'll never get used to the fact that some people are so sick in the head.
Btw he also had gas/petro cans in his car. He was going for them but he took off instead.
ABC24 is talking about what is supposed to be a "manifesto" from the shooter. They've taken pains to stress that it's unconfirmed, but if it's true then it's a straight-up anti-Muslism attack.
It is. I read the 2 screenshots of the 8chan post. The motherfucker is anti-islam/anti-muslim and has taken action upon himself to kill them. Sick fucking bastard.
Its like ISIS in reverse.
I just went through all 73 pages. Its fucking messed up and he goes to great lengths to try and make rational reasons for his actions. And also memes, with mentions of "subscribe to pewdepie" and other meme bullshit.
Never imagined I'd hear something like this from New Zealand. Stay strong, from your big brother Australia.
This is absolutely tragic, for too many reasons to count.
My sympathies go out to everyone harmed by the attack(s). It's a terrible thing when a fellow human does something this vile and vicious. I remember reading today how much trust we humans put in one another just to stay alive.
As an Arab in NZ, I urge everyone to take the situation for what it is at face value: A mentally unhinged despicable human, with no affiliation to the country or Christianity or any other religion but himself, decided to commit an unspeakable crime. There is no revenge to be had. In fact, the best revenge is if we unite and get closer as humans, because that's how we weed out the unwanted.
I sincerely hope the backlash isn't more shootings, revenge shootings, or copycat shootings or incidences. I would have never imagined this happening here, but alas, here we are. (By saying this I'm not insinuating that it's okay if it happens somewhere else).
Please, if you care about yourself you would care about all humanity, we are all on this journey together. Have some basic human empathy and don't mock the situation or you're just as bad as the shooter.
Our best option moving forward is to stand together, as a human race, against this type of behavior.
EDIT*: Thanks for the kind words everyone :).
To everyone saying that me calling the attacker unhinged puts it past terrorism: No. Of course it is terrorism. I didn't mention it because it's obvious. Also, I think, if one believes in a manifesto where innocent people must be slaughtered in cold blood, they are unhinged, regardless of them being labeled as terrorists. My message remains the same.
Thank you for this, I wish I could hug you right now. Sending love from Australia to NZ.
One man who was in the main mosque at the time said a man came in with an automatic rifle and was "just killing people". He ran.
The first man he met on the mosque entrance even greeted him saying, "Hello brother" and wanted to give him assistance. It doesn't get any worse than that.
This is fucking awful.
Good on OP for not disclosing attackers name. Reminder to focus on the victims lives and their families, the shooter deserves no recognition (even if it’s negative). Anti-heroism is a real thing, and any “limelight” this person gets could fuel inspiration for another who wants the same.
The sick fuck who did this apparently had supporters cheering him on through 8chan. I hope the people posting on that thread are all picked up by police.
Innocent Muslims get shot. Guy blames Muslims for being culturally different. Excuse me, wtf?
You should see comments on Facebook. People congratulating the piece of shit, sharing memes about how he did a good job. it's disgusting
Holy shit. More people need to see this. That's stomach turning.
I mean why is this surprising. Have you read the shit that is Yahoo news comments? Like those people are fucking demented.
ANY random story vaguely mentioning black people is suddenly turned for a call into an African holocaust. One story that particular stays with me was a story about a woman who was escorted off a plane because her son had a piece of birthday cake with him, despite making it past TSA. The top comment was something like "This RACIST N*ggers (no I didnt misstype the grammar was awful on the comment) need to be forced to live in a zoo so they understand REAL oppression."
Like...whats wrong with you that you can actually think that way.
This is horrible. Our whole workplace (Tourism industry, lots of Muslim friends etc) found out at the same time. Been completely silent since.
Colleague from UAE taking his family (who are here on holiday) around Christchurch from monday. Now looking to cancel.
Muslims, or really any religion or race, we love you all. Please don't think this reflects our thoughts as a country.
On the other hand, the people responsible for this or thinking this is right in any way aren't welcome here.
I don't know what else to say.
Australian news sources now stating 40 dead.
Someone on my Facebook feed shared an article about this from Breitbart and after reading the comment section there, I've officially lost all faith in humanity. Those fuckers are celebrating this.
I just saw the comments. That’s absolutely insane. I don’t understand how people like that can exist and have such a messed up thought process.
I just reported a comment along the lines of "good for him for settling the score". I can't stand people.
Just read “he deserves a medal” on a UK newspaper comment section - it had 20 likes to 6 dislikes.
NZ'er here. I don't post or comment much, but I think I wanted to just emphasise this one thing. The people of NZ have an unwavering level of support of ALL ethnic communities & we are hurt by this just as much as any of my fellow brothers and sisters within the Muslim community. It breaks my heart into a million pieces when I think of the all the trust and love Muslims had towards NZ and everyone residing in it, but I know in my soul that we will continue to support each and every one of you. OUR HOME IS YOUR HOME. Until our universe ceases to exist, we will love and support every kiwi, every immigrant, every individual who calls NZ their home. Toxic filth is not welcome in NZ. I am so terribly sorry for what occurred today. My thoughts go out to all of you beautiful souls whose lives were lost today. Rest in peace. Kia kaha 💞
It's Friday in NZ, fucker shot up the goddamn Friday prayer, that's definitely a big reason for why there were so many people there