49 killed in terror attack at New Zealand mosques

A gunman, dressed in tactical gear, appeared to livestream video of the shooting on social media, according to New Zealand police.
3:46 | 03/15/19

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We want to get right to the breaking news. An anti-muslim terror attack in New Zealand. The prime minister there is calling it one of the nation's darkest days. Hundreds of muslims were The man claiming responsibility and charged with murder is an extreme right wing white supremacist who livestreamed the attack saying it was aimed at immigrants. Security stepping up here in the U.S. That's a live look at the islamic cultural city in new York City. Here's what we know, at least 49 people were killed. 48 more wounded. Multiple ieds discovered attached to vehicles and three people are in custody. Ian Pannell starts us off with the very latest. Reporter: Horrific scenes in a normally peaceful country playing out at two mosques in christchurch as worshippers were at midday prayers, the holiest of the week multiple people gunned down. At 1:42 P.M. Legal time a man dressed all in black entered the masjid Al Noor mosque shooting an automatic weapon. Some people had blood on their body and some people were lumping. Reporter: This man seen with blood on his shirt was the last to escape hiding under a bench. Just came in. He was shooting and I'm thinking if I get out I'll get shot so I'm keeping my fingers crossed so I could be alive but I was the last guy to come out of the mosque after the shooting stopped and on the doors there are a lot of bodies. Reporter: The killer drove three miles away to the Linwood mosque where he opened fire again and armed police closed in searching cars for suspects, guns drawn. Police ramming a suspect's car and then you can see him being taken into custody beside the vehicle. Two men and a woman now in custody in connection to the attacks. The shooter who appears to have been from Australia is linked to a 74-page manifesto filled with white supremacist rhetoric charged with murder. Police also saying they defused two improvised explosive devices that were found on a vehicle after the shootings. Amidst the chaos police officials now warning people to stay away from any mosque in new Zealand for now, in case of further violence. I want to ask anyone that was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today not to go, to close your doors until you hear from us again. Reporter: Ambulances rushing victim after victim to hospitals as bystanders help the wounded. We pulled up and I opened up my driver's door and got out and we pulled him around behind and opened up the back as well. I'm 66 and never thought in my life I'd see something like this. Reporter: Overnight new Zealand's prime minister condemning this terrorist attack. This is one of New Zealand's darkest days. Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence. Reporter: So details still coming in about the attacker, his alleged accomplices but the victims. Two reasons why it was so shocking. One it was broadcast live by the aing thatter himself but most importantly this is a country that has never seen a terrorist attack ever before. There's been a noticeable increase in extreme right wing terrorist attacks from America to Europe and elsewhere. Whether you're going to a mosque or a church or temple day the chances are you will be on high alert as you do the most peaceful possible thing, pray.

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