Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said Friday the death toll from the Christchurch mosque shootings had risen to 49. He said 41 people were killed in Deans Avenue Mosque and seven were killed in the Linwood mosque in central Christchurch. One victim died at Christchurch Hospital.
One man in his his late 20s has been charged with murder and is set to appear in Christchurch court on Saturday.
Two other people were arrested with firearms in the area, and police are working through what their involvement is. “We’ve recovered a number of firearms from both scenes,” Bush said.
“We have had no other threats since we’ve responded to this incident,” Bush said.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealanders “utterly reject and condemn” the violent extremists who carried out shooting attacks on two mosques in Christchurch.
She said New Zealand was a place of “diversity, kindness, compassion, a home for those who share our values … those values I can assure you, will not and cannot be shaken by this attack.”
“You may have chosen us, but we utterly reject and condemn you,” she told the attackers.
“I am not going to let this change New Zealand’s profile, none of us should,” she added. “This act was not a reflection of who we are as a nation.”