The primary suspect in the mass shootings, described as one of New Zealand’s darkest days, has been remanded in custody.
The suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Brenton Harrison Tarrant.
Al Jazeera’s Andrew reports from Christchurch,
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handcuffed and dressed in white prison clothes Australian born Brenton Tarrant stood before a judge charged with murder you are remanded without plea Tarrant is the main suspect of an attack at this mosque in Christchurch this was the scene shortly after the gunman opened fire at worshippers we came to the bottom of the door and he stepped over shooting but before the people they coming program to the front because the guy he was the behind of the people and one of our my friend he was next to me to go to a shot to the head and getting people over me and other people they shoot in the video they try the gunman live-streamed his attack on Facebook as he indiscriminately opened fire on more than 200 Muslim worshippers shortly after that shooting there was a similar attack on worshippers at Lynwood mosque about 10 minutes away at least 49 people were killed while nearly as many were left injured among the 39 patients admitted to hospital are children as young as two years old four patients died on their way into the hospital yesterday dying before they arrived those injured ranged in ages from the very young to quite elderly patients eleven of them are in the intensive care unit including one female aged in her mid-twenties all of those in ICU what we would consider critically ill police have arrested a number of suspects new zena's prime minister said they weren't on security watch lists arriving with a bomb disposal robot the police have started their investigation in Dunedin a small city to the south of Christchurch where the main suspect lived the area was evacuated as a precaution earlier police have discovered two bombs in the main suspects car the unprecedented violence has prompted the government to commit to changing gun control laws my understanding is he hold held a category a gun licence and again I preface this that my advice currently is that he under that gun license was able to legally acquire the guns that he held that will give you an indication of why we need to change our gun laws the national threat level has been raised from low to high as police politicians and the public come to terms with the worst and most shocking attack they've ever experienced all day people have been gathering here near the Al Noor mosque laying flowers and just standing in quiet contemplation there are a lot of questions to be answered about how this attack happened but there's a lot of grief and solidarity to be expressed to Andrew Thomas al Jazeera Christchurch