The modified rifles used, as seen in the video, had the names “Alexandre Bissonette” and “Luca Traini” written on them. These are the names of mosque shooters who opened fire in Canada in 2017 and Italy in 2018.
Tarrant allegedly carried out the shooting following the release of a 37-page manifesto that spoke of his intentions.
The manifesto was published online and also emailed to the office of New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, nine minutes before the attack began. She was one of more than 30 recipients of the document.
It included the ideological standpoint of the alleged gunman, and his reasoning for his actions, but did not include a location, or any other details that would have allowed police to act preventatively before the shooting began.
Ms Ardern stated:
“The fact that there was an ideological manifesto with extreme views attached to this attack … is deeply disturbing.”
She confirmed the shooter, intercepted by police 36 minutes after the emergency call was made on Friday, had “intended to continue the attack”, with two other firearms in his vehicle.
She has strongly condemned the actions of the shooter, saying on behalf of New Zealand that “you may have chosen us, but we utterly reject and condemn you.”
What has happened in Christchurch is an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence. It has no place in New Zealand. Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities – New Zealand is their home – they are us.
The event has been met with worldwide condemnation, including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Tarrant is believed to have grown up in Grafton, New South Wales, and is now a New Zealand resident.
Mr Morrison is calling on people to band together. Many people have visited mosques across the country to show their support.
Australians are horrified and greatly saddened by the shocking terrorist attack in Christchurch yesterday. I have condemned utterly this atrocity, which has killed and injured so many innocent people as they went about their practice of worship at their mosques.
There has been an increased police presence across New Zealand and increased security at mosques around the world.
Leaders from around the world have offered their condolences and support for New Zealand and those affected. Vigils and protests have been held worldwide in support of the victims and their families.
Ōtautahi Christchurch today: the people of the Garden City quietly lined up to lay flowers and send aroha out to our Muslim neighbours, friends, students and visitors so viciously attacked three days ago. We love you and we stand with you. ❤️🇳🇿 pic.twitter.com/gbUT8WSGih
Australian senator Senator Fraser Anning, who blamed “fears over the increasing muslim presence” for the attack, was egged by a Melbourne teen at a press conference.
An online fundraiser was set up for 17-year-old William Connolly for “legal fees and more eggs” but after raising $40,000 the page’s founder confirmed William was “committed to sending a majority of the money to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack”.
The government will censure Mr Anning over his comments when Parliament resumes.