Christchurch shooting: Gunman livestreamed incident for 17 minutes


  • World
  • Friday, 15 Mar 2019

CHRISTCHURCH (The Straits Times/Asia News Network): The gunman in a mosque shooting in Christchurch livestreamed the incident for 17 minutes, local media reported.

The shooter identified himself as "Brenton Tarrant" - a white, 28-year-old Australia-born man, NZ Herald reported.

The livestream began as the gunman drove to the Al Noor Mosque in Deans Ave, parking his car in a nearby driveway.

According to NZ Herald, the beige stationwagon contains a cache of weapons and ammunition in the front passenger seat and boot, along with petrol cannisters.

He then armed himself and walked into the mosque, with the first victim shot in the doorway.

The gunman was armed with at least one semi-automatic firearm and multiple ammunition clips. Messages in white writing were scrawled on the gun and ammunition.

Once inside he began shooting indiscriminately. A second victim tried to crawl for their life in the main hallway but was shot several more times.

People cowering in corners of a room were all shot as the gunman blocked the hallway, cutting off anyone's attempt to escape.

The gunman stalked the mosque rooms firing repeatedly, stopping several times to re-load, NZ Herald reported.

He then exited the mosque through the front door - after just under three minutes inside and headed into the street - firing random shots as cars drove past.

He returned to a beige Subaru stationwagon parked in a nearby driveway to get more ammunition from the boot.

He fired more shots on the street at no apparent target and said: "Looks like we won't get the bird today boys".

He then re-entered the mosque to check for survivors - and began firing again into the people lying motionless.

The 17-minute video ends as the gunman drives away from the scene at speed.

In a lenghty manifesto published online the supposed shooter outlined who he was and why he carried out the massacre at the Christchurch mosque, NZ Herald reported. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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