The entire world has been shocked by the biggest mass shooting to occur during a time of peace. The shooting, which was all live streamed to the web, took the lives of 49 individuals in New Zealand. The suspected shooter, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, was finally intercepted by two officers. He’s currently only been charged with one count of murder, but many more charges will be levied against him as the investigation continued.
As 28-year-old Tarrant entered into court on March 16th, he immediately caused a stir by flashing a hand gesture. The hand sign has been associated with white supremacists. The photograph has made its rounds throughout the media, but the suspect’s face is blurred out per the judge’s orders.
Tarrant allegedly began live streaming on social media prior to carrying out his vicious attack. The suspect reportedly hoped to change New Zealand’s gun laws by committing a massive attack. The victims of the shooting hail from all over the globe and include residents from Turkey, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia. One of the victims was only five-years-old. She is still being hospitalized for her injuries after being shot in the face, leg and abdomen.
The suspect reportedly carried out his attack with two shotguns, two semi-automatic weapons and a lever-action firearm. The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, has labeled the attacker as an “extremist right-wing, violent terrorist.” New Zealand is also concerned that the attack was able to be broadcast live online. They attribute the fact to a failure of the tech companies who should regulate such videos.