Multiple Fatalities In New Zealand Mosque Shootings; Gunman Posted Plans On Social Media, Livestreamed Attack

Update3: Now there are reports of three possible shooters at two locations, with one in custody.

New Zealand police have asked all mosques in the country to “shut their doors” until further notice, per BNO News.

According to a manifesto posted to social media before the shooting, he wanted to lead the Untied States to civil war by escalating political and cultural tensions.

Update2: Radio NZ has confirmed two shootings, one at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque next to Hagley Park, and at the Linwood Masjid Mosque in the suburb of Linwood.

Update: According to AP, there has been a shooting at a second Christchurch mosqueNo details were immediately available. 

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A gunman wielding an automatic rifle opened fire on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, approximately ten minutes after approximately 300 people began afternoon prayers. 

At least nine people have been killed with dozens injured, while eyewitnesses report “there was blood everywhere,” according to Stuff.co.nz and Radio NZ. 

Another eyewitness who declined to give his name said there were “bodies all over me,” adding that the gunman emptied at least two magazines into the crowd. 

The shooter was described as “white skinned, blonde, quite short and wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest.” according to witness Ahmad Al-Mahmoud, 37, who broke a window in a door to escape from the mosque. 

According to journalist Nick Monroe, the shooter – Twitter user “Brenton Tarrant” who joined in February posted his intention to shoot up the mosque on social media, then livestreamed the shooting

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The gunman posted photos of his shooting gear on Twitter prior to the shooting. 

Approximately 20 armed police are clearing buildings nearby, while all schools in the area have been placed into lockdown. No students will be released until the police “have advised us that the lockdown is over and it is safe to do so.” 

An armed police officer stands outside the Christchurch Mosque on Deans Ave following the shooting. (photo: George Heard/Stuff)

The Christchurch hospital emergency ward has been cleared out and hospital staff are expecting 40 – 50 injured people.

Of note, gun ownership in New Zealand is categorized as “restrictive” – as civilians are not allowed to possess handguns, military-style semi-automatic weapons or fully automatic weapons without a permit and a relevant firearm license endorsement. 

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Source: zerohedge

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