HARROWING new details have emerged about how a sole gunman opened fire on two separate New Zealand mosques, killing 49 people in 36 minutes of terror.
Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, was arrested and dragged from his car, which was rigged with two bombs, while on his way to slaughter more victims in Christchurch.
What we know so far:
- Brenton Tarrant opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, at 1.40pm local time on Friday
- 49 people have been killed – 41 at Masjid Al Noor Mosque, 7 at Linwood Masjid Mosque and 1 died at hospital
- 48 people were rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds and 20 are in critical condition
- Tarrant, an Australian who published a chilling 74-page manifesto before the rampage
- A smirking Tarrant appeared charged with one murder. Authorities said more charges will follow
- Another man, 18, was charged with intent to excite hostility towards an ethic group
The white supremacist shooter had “intended to continue with his attack” when he was tackled by brave cops, New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern confirmed.
“The offender was mobile. There were two other firearms in the vehicle the offender was in and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack,” she said.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush added that officers put their lives at risk to ram into the explosives-laden car in order to arrest the gunman.
Aussie-born Tarrant, 28, flashed a white power symbol as he appeared in Christchurch District Court today charged with murder.
He live-streamed himself as he stormed the Al Noor Mosque during prayers at 1.40pm local time on Friday, leaving at least 41 dead.
Cops say he then drove for around seven minutes to a mosque in Linwood Avenue where he shot dead a further eight victims.
The shooter had two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever-action firearm.
Harrowing video showed him driving to the first mosque, arming himself and then beginning the slaughter after declaring: “Let’s get this party started.”
In the live-streamed 17-minute clip, the gunman is seen taking automatic weapons from his boot, daubed in bizarre references to historic Muslim wars.
He then enters and shoots down multiple people in the prayer room, as they run in panic.
The man shoots several people from the car park before stalking through the building, picking off people and shooting bodies on the floor.
The sicko drives off boasting about how he “should have stayed longer” and blaring music including “Fire” by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman burst into the mosque as worshippers were kneeling for prayers.
“He had a big gun…He came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere,” said Ahmad Al-Mahmoud. He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door.
After spraying bullets on the worshippers, Tarrant is understood to have gone back to his car to pick up more magazine rounds and weapons.
He then re-entered the same mosque and shot at piles of groaning bodies on the floor of the prayer hall.
HERO COPS How the killer was caught
- COPS arrested the armed killer after ramming his car in a suburban street.
- Brenton Tarrant’s estate was pushed over, with two wheels spinning off the ground.
- In dramatic amateur video footage, the police officers are seen pointing their weapons at him.
- One aims a rifle through the windscreen — which already has two bullet holes in it — while his partner is by the passenger door covering Tarrant with a pistol.
- As the car’s front wheel still spins, Tarrant is dragged from the vehicle on to the pavement.
- He is then pushed face down and handcuffed before being hauled to a police patrol car.