Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

New Zealand shooting: Survivor recounts confronting suspected shooter

New Zealand shooting: Survivor recounts confronting suspected shooter

She said in a news conference later that the gunman had planned to continue the killing spree if he had not been stopped.

Australian-born 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant appeared in the dock as the judge read a single murder charge against him.

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"Allah (SWT) saved them all, not me", he said.

"The reality is that after one pm on Friday our world changed forever, and so will our laws", he said.

She also announced that an inquiry would look into the lead-up to the attacks, and what might have been done differently.

"We believe in the justice system here and we know it will do what is right".

None of the guns sold to Tarrant were military-style, semi-automatic weapons, according to Tipple.

There are an estimated 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand, which has a population of only 5 million, but it has had low levels of gun violence.

Despite having tightened the rules in the 1990s after the last mass shooting, New Zealand has relatively permissive gun laws, with licences granted to almost every applicant.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has said that gun laws will be reformed after the attacks, as legislation allowed the suspect the legally obtain a semi-automatic weapon. Background checks and a licence are mandatory but, once secured, there is no limit on the number of guns a person can own.

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Tarrant appeared to have live-streamed the terror attack and outlined his anti-immigrant motives in a manifesto posted online.

As mourners continued to hold vigils for the victims in Christchurch, Donald Trump, the USA president, complained that the media was trying to blame him for the massacre because he had been praised by Tarrant. He had felt during the attack, never fear, but I will work on Autopilot.

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But the priority for grieving family and friends on Sunday was laying their loved ones to rest.

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Witnesses at the Masjid al Noor mosque said the shooter was a white male with magazines of ammunition strapped to his legs. It featured a thundering haka, performed by dozens of schoolchildren.

Ardern was the first signatory of a national condolence book for the country's worst mass killing that she opened in the capital Wellington on Monday.

What is the latest on the victims?

Thirty-four wounded remained in hospital, where officials said 12 were in critical condition.

No time for the release of the bodies for burial had been agreed, but Alabi said it would "probably" start from Sunday.

Six Pakistanis, five Indians and five Bangladeshis were killed, officials said. Islamic tradition calls for bodies to be cleansed and buried as soon as possible after death, usually within 24 hours.

And on the suspected gunman?

His former lawyer, Richard Peters, told reporters that the attacker "indicated he does not want a lawyer" and that he "wants to be self-represented in this case".

'It is a spiritual process, preparing the body to go into the next life, ' said Taufan Mawardi, one the volunteers.

"The way he presented was rational and someone who was not suffering any mental disability. He seemed to understand what was going on".

What follows is a cat-and-mouse game between Abdul Aziz and Brenton Tarrant. The family is co-operating with the authorities.

Relatives and family members of Naeem Rashid who was killed along with his son Talha Naeem in the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand, pray during a condolence gathering at the family's home in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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