Timeline and aftermath of Christchurch shooting
New Zealand's deadliest mass shooting.
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND — The Australian man who carried out twin mosque attacks in Christchurch last month has been formally charged with 50 counts of murder.
Here, we see how the deadliest mass shooting in modern New Zealand history unfolded, and what happened after.
The New York Times reports that just after 1:30 p.m. on March 15, Brenton Tarrant emailed a 74-page manifesto filled with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim ideas to 30 people, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Minutes later, according to the BBC, Tarrant began live-streaming from a head-mounted camera. Footage shows him driving to the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, and selecting a weapon from the boot of the car.
At around 1:40 p.m., he walked into the mosque through the front entrance and opened fire at people inside, who were there for Friday prayers.
Based on the footage, the BBC reports that Tarrant opened fire inside the women's prayer hall, and then the men's before changing weapons in his car. He then re-entered the mosque and shot at bodies in the men's hall before leaving.
From Al Noor mosque, Tarrant drove five kilometers to another mosque in Linwood.
Linwood's acting imam Latef Alabi told Stuff that he was leading prayers for a congregation of over 80 when he heard a voice outside at around 1:55 p.m.
He looked out the window to find a man holding a large gun and bodies on the ground, and told everyone to get down.
According to the New York Times, Tarrant was firing through a window when Abdul Aziz, a member of the congregation, ran out and threw a credit card machine at him.
Aziz followed the attacker and picked up a discarded gun. He later threw the gun at Tarrant's windshield, prompting him to drive away.
Stuff reports that police officers managed to force Tarrant's car from the road soon after. Video taken by a resident shows officers dragging the suspect out of the vehicle and taking him into custody.
According to the BBC, a total of 42 casualties were reported in the Al Noor Mosque, while eight were killed at the Linwood mosque shooting.
According to the New Zealand Police, Tarrant is facing 50 murder and 39 attempted murder charges, and is currently being held in a maximum security prison in Auckland.
Tarrant will undergo routine mental health tests before his case proceeds. He is due back in court on June 14.
CNN reports that in the aftermath of the attack, the New Zealand government has introduced a gun control bill that would ban military-style semi-automatic guns, assault rifles, and related components.
Existing gun owners have until September to hand in their weapons and be compensated in a buyback scheme.
The incident has highlighted the responsibility of social media platforms to stamp out online hate speech. Facebook announced in late March that it will ban all "praise, support, and representation" of white nationalism from its platform.
Australia has also passed strict new laws that aim to stop the spread of violent content online, imposing fines and jail time if videos are not removed quickly.
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