Gunmen livestreamed New Zealand mosque shooting on Facebook; Police urges not to share
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Gunmen livestreamed New Zealand mosque shooting on Facebook; Police urges not to share

The gunman who opened fire in a New Zealand mosque on Friday, live-streamed the heinous attack on Facebook for about 17 minutes.

The disturbing video appears to show the gunman executing people inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch. Another video shows bodies piled up inside.

The livestream began as the gunman drove to the Al Noor Mosque in Deans Ave, parking his car in a nearby driveway. The 17-minute video ends with the gunman driving away in a beige Subaru station wagon.

The shooter identified himself as “Brenton Tarrant” – a white, 28-year-old Australian-born man. Twitter has shut down a user account in that name.


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Police Commissioner Mike Bush said he was aware that footage of the shooting was on social media and police were doing everything they could to get it removed.

“It shouldn’t be in the public domain.”

Spark managing director Simon Moutter said the company was working to close off websites attempting to distribute the footage.

According to local media, there are reports of multiple dead and at least 50 casualties with emergency service vehicles still at Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and Linwood Masjid mosque.

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