Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Mosque attack hero 'saved many more lives by grabbing terrorist's gun'

Mosque attack hero 'saved many more lives by grabbing terrorist's gun'

Some of the guns appear to have been modified to make them more deadly, she said, adding that a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered.

The bodies of the victims had not yet been released to families because investigations were ongoing, but police were working as quickly as they could to do that, Bush said at a media conference in Wellington.

On Saturday, the White House said U.S. Vice President Mike Pence spoke with New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters on Friday to express condolences for "the despicable terror attacks".

Police said they had released a preliminary list of the victims to families, which has helped give closure to some relatives who were waiting for any news.

He also reached out to the Muslim community in Christchurch and in New Zealand.

Tarrant, 28, who was living in Dunedin but is from Grafton, NSW, has been charged with one count of murder, but is expected to face many more when he next appears on April 5. Footage of the attack on one of the mosques was broadcast live on Facebook, and a "manifesto" denouncing immigrants as "invaders" was also posted online via links to related social media accounts. She said her office was one of about 30 recipients and had forwarded the email to Parliamentary security within a couple of minutes of receiving it.

At least 49 people have died, seven at Linwood Masjid Mosque and 41 at Masjid Al Noor Mosque.

The police initially said that four people had been detained in the wake of the attacks.

Christchurch Hospital Head of Surgery Dr Greg Robertson described how he watched the first victims arrive in private cars, followed by ambulance after ambulance. About two dozen men received instructions on their duties Sunday morning, which included Muslim burial customs.

Tarrant stated that hat he was "from a regular family" and that he "decided to take a stand to ensure a future for my people", the alleged terrorist wrote of his background.

He said up to 70 people were praying inside Linwood when gunshots were heard.

"In these times of mourning and recollection, our common values, that of a Polynesian world that lives in fraternity and respect for everyone, will help us overcome this bad ordeal". "Queen Elizabeth II has led the Commonwealth for 66 years and last fall, named her son Prince Charles, William and Harry's father, as her successor", reports E!

"The family understands that it's a crime scene".

Tarrant was not known to the authorities, Bush said, and had no previous convictions.

Still, it was hard, he said, because the grieving process wouldn't really begin until he could bury his cousin.

"There were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack", said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a statement to reporters on Saturday.

TESSA BURROWS via Getty ImagesResidents pay respect by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch on Saturday. "50 hearts for 50 lives".

Ardern has said Tarrant was a licensed gun owner who bought the five guns used in the crimes legally.

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