Two Muslim organizations in the Chicago area said they were stepping up patrols and other security measures Friday after a mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand killed at least 49 people and wounded dozens more, but Chicago police said they were not aware of any local threats.
Business Standard reports that Tarrant allegedly used "two semi-automatic rifles, two shotguns and a lever-action weapon". He had been living in Dunedin, New Zealand, at the time of the attack, was taken into custody by authorities after he targeting the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Mosque, both located in Christchurch. Authorities were working to find out how he had obtained the weapons and a license, and how he was able to enter the country to carry out the attack, she said. The other two remain in custody but their role in the shootings remains unclear.
Footage of the attack on one of the mosques was broadcast live on Facebook, and a "manifesto" was also posted online that denounced immigrants as "invaders".
"Just spoke with Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, regarding the horrific events that have taken place over the past 24 hours".
- The right-wing extremist charged over the horrifying attacks on New Zealand mosques flashed a white power gesture as he appeared in court on March 16, while a shellshocked community began digging graves for the 49 people he stands accused of slaying.
Families of the Sandy Hook victims were recently given the green light to sue U.S. gunmaker Remington for knowingly marketing a military grade weapon that is "grossly unsuited" for civilian use and has become the gun of choice for mass killings.
"It was an opportunity to share the grief of New Zealanders directly with those who have experienced so much loss", Ardern said of the meeting.
Ardern confirmed that the suspected gunman and two associates who were also arrested had not been on the radar of any intelligence agencies for extremism.
Two police officers - one of whom appears to be armed only with a handgun - can be seen pointing their weapons at the open passenger-side door. "That work is already underway", she said.
When speaking to reporters later, Aziz said he wasn't the one that deserves credit for his quick thinking.
The country's deadliest terror attack forced the cancellation of the third and final Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, whose players had a close shave.
Anyone over 16 can apply for a New Zealand firearms licence, valid for 10 years after completing a safety course and a police background check.
However, more than 400 people were at the Al Noor Majid Mosque in Christchurch at the time of the shooting.
Ardern said the suspect traveled around the world and was in New Zealand sporadically.
"There is a dimming of enlightenment in many parts of the world", Parker said.
"For them to come to what they thought was a safe country and end up facing a shocking incident like this is really sad to hear", says Mark Greenhill, news director for New Zealand's news website Stuff.