Police in New Zealand are persevering with to analyze the lethal shootings that killed 49 individuals at two separate mosques in Christchurch on Friday.
One other 48 individuals have been injured and are being handled in hospital.
WATCH: Newest information movies of the Christchurch mosque capturing
Right here’s a timeline of what occurred. All instances are native New Zealand time (UTC +13).
The racist, anti-immigration and anti-Muslim manifesto is posted on-line on 8chan, a forum-based web site. The manifesto described the writer’s views on “white genocide,” a time period white supremacists use to explain immigration and the expansion of minority populations. It additionally mentions the 2 mosques by names as targets.
Round 1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
After parking his automotive in an alley close to Al Noor Mosque, a person walks within the entrance door of the mosque.
He opens fireplace on the individuals contained in the constructing. Witnesses say the shooter fired indiscriminately.
The shooter returns to his automotive and retrieves one other gun earlier than firing extra pictures each inside and outside the mosque.
He then drove away.
Lower than seven kilometres away, a shooter additionally opened fireplace on the Linwood Islamic Centre, killing seven individuals.
The gunman is reportedly disarmed and runs away.
Police verify on Twitter they’re investigating stories of pictures fired and ask anybody in Central Christchurch to remain inside.
Faculties have gone into lockdown. New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush says in a information convention there’s an energetic shooter at giant, and urges individuals to remain off the streets.
WATCH: Press convention of Police Commissioner Mike Bush
Round three:30 p.m.
Police mentioned two explosive gadgets have been discovered inside a crashed SUV on Strictland Road, about three kilometres from the Al Noor Mosque.
Officers verify one particular person is in custody. Video of a crashed SUV on Brougham Road, close to Strictland Road, reveals police eradicating a person from the automobile.
WATCH: Onlooker captures second of arrest of Christchurch mosque shootings suspect
Police mentioned there have been 4 individuals arrested in connection to the incident, however one particular person is later launched. Just one particular person to date has been charged with homicide.
Round eight p.m.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labels the bloodbath a terrorist assault.
“It’s clear that this could now solely be described as a terrorist assault. From what we all know, it does seem to have been nicely deliberate,” she mentioned.
“These are individuals who I might describe as having extremist views which have completely no place in New Zealand and, actually, don’t have any place on the planet.”
Police cordon off an space in Dunedin whereas looking out a residence on Somerville Road. Dunedin is about 360 kilometres from Christchurch.
Upcoming on Saturday
The 28-year-old man charged with homicide is predicted to look in courtroom.
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