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Multiple People Killed in New Zealand Mosque Shootings

The Wrap Friday, 15 March 2019 ()
Multiple People Killed in New Zealand Mosque ShootingsMultiple people were killed Friday afternoon in Christchurch, New Zealand, by a gunman who appears to have streamed himself opening fire on worshipers in two Mosques.

The number of people killed has not been disclosed, but police say a single suspect is in custody; it is not known if more than one person was involved in the attack. The shootings are “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” the country’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern said in a statement.

The identity of the suspect in custody has not been made public, but the New York Times reports that a man claiming responsibility for the killings posted links on Twitter and 8chan to an anti-immigrant manifesto. The 8chan posting also linked to a Facebook page where, according to the Times, a 17-minute video, taken with what appears to be a helmet camera, showed a man attacking two mosques and shooting an unspecified number of people.

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Representatives for Facebook and Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for comment from TheWrap.

The person claiming responsibility for the attacks said he is a 28-year-old white man from Australia who went to New Zealand solely to commit the attack, and said he used guns specifically to cause discord over the Second Amendment in the United States, according to the New York Times.

The times also reports that the Facebook page and Twitter posts by the person claiming to be the shooter displayed images of weapons covered with the names of men who have carried out mass shootings, as well as notable military generals. And the Associated Press reports that the man said he considered his actions a terrorist attack.

The attack is New Zealand’s first mass shooting since 1990, when a man killed 13 people in the city of Aramoana. New Zealand passed sweeping changes to its gun laws in response to the event, including restrictions on what were classified as “military-style semi-automatic” weapons, and stricter gun licensing requirements.
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The country's prime minister is speaking out about the motive, saying victims might include refugees and migrants. The death toll is unconfirmed. (3/14/19)

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