Mosque attack hero 'saved many more lives by grabbing terrorist's gun'

The Australian terrorist who killed 49 people during Friday prayers at two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch wrote in his "manifesto" that he supports U.S. President Donald Trump.

"There were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack", she told reporters.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she expects formal recognition for the two rural community cops who apprehended alleged mosque murderer Brenton Tarrant. An eighth victim died at the hospital.

"While work is being done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of a gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now: our gun laws will change", said Ardern.

Kim Kardashian applauded New Zealand's lawmakers for proposing to change the country's gun laws following the mosque shootings that left at least 49 people dead.

Officers arrested two others following the attacks and are now working to establish whether they had any involvement in the terror attacks against the Muslim community in New Zealand.

He live-streamed footage of him going room-to-room, victim to victim, shooting people from close range as they struggled to crawl away.

The sails of the Sydney Opera House are seen lit with the design of New Zealand's silver fern in a show of solidarity with victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks, in Sydney on March 16, 2019.

The 28-year-old, who appeared in court Saturday morning, will receive additional charges, said New Zealand authorities.

The suspected gunman livestreamed video of the attack and posted a lengthy manifesto online under the name of Brenton Tarrant. "In response to the attacks in New Zealand, we have a heightened police presence in the community focusing on places of worship - especially mosques", police said in a statement. The suspect may also have traveled to other countries in Europe, Asia and Africa, the official added.

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A fourth person who had been taken into custody was later determined to be an armed bystander who wanted to help police.

Speaking to media in Wellington earlier, Ardern stressed that "now was the time for change".

He did not request bail and was taken into custody until his next court appearance which is scheduled for April 5.

At least one of the weapons used by Tarrant was reportedly an AR-15 - the same semi-automatic rifle used in a number of mass shootings in the United States, including the 2012 Sandy Hook school killings in CT.

She said the attack is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence. In fact, for many, New Zealand was a choice, a place they actively came to and committed themselves to, the place they were raising their families, where they were part of communities they loved and who loved them.

The New Zealand premier was showered with vast praises internationally for the gesture, which made it clear that New Zealand stood by the Muslim community that was the centre of Friday's horrifying terror attacks rooted in racial as well as religious hatred.

Ardern has promised to change gun laws as soon as possible.

Ansun Zhong, owner of Chong's Chinese restaurant in Christchurch City Central, said the shooting greatly affected people's life in Christchurch.

Kim Kardashian and sister, Khloé are praising New Zealand policymakers after their swift actions following the deadly mosque shooting. "I saw lots of broken glass and bricks on the backside of the mosque", he said.

  • Rogelio Becker