A shocking video being feverishly scrubbed from social media showed a man with a semi-automatic weapon inside a New Zealand mosque, who opened fire on a large group of worshippers, according to reports.
New York Post reports that the incident happened at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, while the alleged shooter streamed the incident while wearing a GoPro cam attached to his helmet. Shortly after, another shooting broke out at a Linwood Avenue mosque.
“Let’s get this party started,” the man allegedly shouted, as he drove by and began firing.
The video lasted around 17 minutes, according to the outlet, and stopped as the man drove away in a beige car. According to news.com.au, 49 people died in the disturbing attacks. While 41 people died in the Al Noor mosque, another eight people died at the Linwood Avenue mosque.
“There were three [dead people] in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque,” Len Peneha, who lives beside the mosque said. “It’s unbelievable nutty. I don’t understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone. It’s ridiculous.”
Although other social media platforms such as Twitter and YouTube deleted the content quickly, it reportedly lingered on Facebook. Numerous social media users shared the video despite authorities encouraging people not to.
The shooter also reportedly posted a hateful manifesto on Twitter, claiming that he was a 28-year-old Australian, “a regular white man” against “Islamic invaders occupying European soil.” He also reportedly vented about white genocide, Muslims, and terrorist attacks in the now-deleted account.
He allegedly noted he belonged to a “to a working class, low-income family … who decided to take a stand to ensure a future for my people”.
“The aftershock of my actions will ripple for years to come, driving political and social discourse, creating the atmosphere for fear and change that is required.”
The suspect has been arrested and identified as Brenton Tarrant, who had been planning that attack for two years, according to reports. He’s been charged with murder and scheduled for his first court appearance Saturday.
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[Feature Photo: AP/Mark Baker]