New Zealand Gunman Smirks In Court During Court Appearance, Denied Bail

Brenton Tarrant appeared in court charged with the murder of 49 people

Police officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque, site of one of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Tarrant was arrested along with three other individuals, two men and one woman.

The Minneapolis Police Department will also be giving more attention to mosques and places of worship following the mass shootings.

A Jordanian man, who did not want to be named, said he moved to New Zealand seven years ago because it was a safe place to raise his children. "People are very scared and will be for a long time".

Before Friday's attack, New Zealand's deadliest shooting in modern history took place in 1990 in the small town of Aramoana, where a gunman killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbor.

"It brings actually a feeling of fear that we hope we can actually overcome and try to avoid by spreading more awareness, by educating our community and the larger community that these things shouldn't be an obstacle in front of us to enjoy the freedom of religion", said Wahb.

In addition to the dead, she said more than 20 people were seriously wounded.

Although shops were shuttered and many chose to stay at home Saturday, bouquets of flowers piled up at a makeshift memorial near the Al Noor mosque, many accompanied with handwritten letters laden with sadness and disbelief.

The man said he was in the mosque when the gunman opened fire.

"As I prayed today, I thought this could be me, or my grandchild, or my daughter", Elbardouh said.

With tears streaming down his cheeks, Malik said special prayers would be held Friday for those "mercilessly" killed and the injured. "This is a problem of extremism".

He identified himself as a member of online far-right extremist networks and the massacre was live-streamed on social media.

The video footage showed a man driving to the mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside.

Two other people are in custody and being investigated.

They said they were saddened by the "senseless" attacks.

"There was a lady screaming "help, help" and he shot her point blank in the face", he said.

"I was recently united with my son, who has a gunshot wound to the leg and backside", she wrote.

Asim Mukhtar, secretary general of the Pakistan Association of New Zealand, told The Post in a phone call that at least two members of the Pakistani community were wounded Friday, and five are missing. If the shooting had started mid-prayer, he said, he thinks the death toll would have been higher. "We got scared, we asked ourselves what was happening", Sapkota said.

The Pacific Music Awards organisation in New Zealand also expressed its shock and solidarity over the shootings.

"Thank you. for always helping us feel safe and secure", Frank Scarpitti wrote in a tweet. "And now a mosque was attacked and it is painful".

Cook Islands prime minister Herny Puna said his country's prayers first and foremost were with the victims of the shooting, "their families, friends and loved ones whe are now faced with the irreconcilable loss of their loved ones". But updates were slow to come, and many families were still waiting to hear whether their loved ones were among the victims.

"We are a Forum family and what affects one, affects all. People who were there for my engagement - dead", Ali told the news outlet.

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