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Christchurch shooting: Gunman livestreamed incident for 17 minutes

Mar 15. 2019
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By The Straits Times
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Christchurch - The gunman in a mosque shooting in Christchurch livestreamed the incident for 17 minutes, local media reported.

The shooter identified himself as "Brenton Tarrant" - a white, 28-year-old Australia-born man, NZ Herald reported. The livestream began as the gunman drove to the Al Noor Mosque in Deans Ave, parking his car in a nearby driveway.

According to NZ Herald, the beige stationwagon contains a cache of weapons and ammunition in the front passenger seat and boot, along with petrol cannisters.

The gunman was armed with at least one semi-automatic firearm and multiple ammunition clips. Messages in white writing were scrawled on the gun and ammunition.

Once inside he began shooting indiscriminately. A second victim tried to crawl for their life in the main hallway but was shot several more times.

People cowering in corners of a room were all shot as the gunman blocked the hallway, cutting off anyone's attempt to escape.

The gunman stalked the mosque rooms firing repeatedly, stopping several times to re-load, NZ Herald reported.

He then exited the mosque through the front door - after just under three minutes inside and headed into the street - firing random shots as cars drove past.

He returned to a beige Subaru stationwagon parked in a nearby driveway to get more ammunition from the boot.

He fired more shots on the street at no apparent target and said: "Looks like we won't get the bird today boys".

He then re-entered the mosque to check for survivors - and began firing again into the people lying motionless.

The 17-minute video ends as the gunman drives away from the scene at speed.

In a lenghty manifesto published online the supposed shooter outlined who he was and why he carried out the massacre at the Christchurch mosque, NZ Herald reported.

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