What We Know: New Zealand Mosque Shootings

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch New Zealand on Friday. Multiple people are in custody after shootings at two mosques there

New Zealand Prime Minsiter Jacinda Ardern said during a visit to Christchurch, NZ on Saturday that the main suspect in the shootings at two mosques in the city had meant to "continue his attack".

Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder in relation to the massacre on Friday, in which 49 people were killed and 42 injured.

Handcuffed, barefoot wearing a white prison suit, Tarrant did not speak.

Judge Paul Kellar allowed journalists to use cameras and shoot video but said Tarrant's face must be obscured in order to protect his right to a fair trial.

Tarrant was then seen making an OK gesture - a symbol which has been used by white supremacists. The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" more such charges would follow.

He was held without bail and is expected back in court on April 5.

Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after a devastating natural disaster in 2011 that killed nearly 200 people.

Before Friday's shootings in the city of Christchurch, the deadliest attack in the South Pacific country was in 1990, when a person went on a shooting spree in the seaside town of Aramoana that left 13 people dead.

The attack, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labelled as terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country had raised its security threat level to the highest.

Alpers said that Ardern had the opportunity to introduce sweeping gun reform, starting with the restriction of semi-automatic rifles and the creation of a central gun register, provided she acted quickly.

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Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population, a 2013 census showed, most of whom were born overseas.

As for the suspects, Ardern said, "these are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand". One was a Syrian refugee who came to New Zealand with his family - a wife and three "beautiful" children - about six months ago. Tarrant said nothing, entered no plea to the charge and did not apply to have his name withheld.

World leaders condemned the violence and offered condolences, with President Donald Trump tweeting, "We stand in solidarity with New Zealand".

Peneha, who lives next door to the mosque, said the gunman ran out of the mosque, dropped what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in his driveway, and fled. Ms Ardern said authorities will be reviewing how the accused gunman accessed five firearms.

Mohammed Elyan, a Jordanian in his 60s who co-founded one of the mosques in 1993, was among those wounded, as was his son, Atta, who is in his 30s.

The last comparable mass shooting in New Zealand was nearly three decades ago, and the annual murder rate is usually around 50 people for the entire country.

Children's screams can be heard in the distance as he returns to his auto to get another weapon.

After going back outside and shooting a woman there, he gets back in his auto, where a song can be heard blasting. The singer bellows, "I am the god of hellfire!" and the gunman drives off before police even arrive. "I heard ... four big bangs I thought it was maybe fireworks because this [a shooting] never happens in New Zealand".

Ardern said the shooter was "in possession of a gun licence" obtained in November 2017, and he started legally purchasing the weapons the following month.

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