Primary suspect, one alleged accomplice identified in terrorist attack that killed 49 in New Zealand

By Emanuel Stoakes, Isaac Stanley-Becker, Eli Rosenberg and Alex Horton | The Washington Post

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — A 28-year-old man was charged with murder after a shooting rampage Friday at two New Zealand mosques in which 49 people were killed and dozens of others injured in one of the largest mass shootings in history.

The shooter, wearing tactical gear and a camera attached to his outfit, entered the first mosque and shot hundreds of rounds into dozens of people, many of them huddled defenselessly. A short time later, he drove to a second mosque and renewed his rampage.

The suspect, identified by authorities as Brenton Harrison Tarrant, appeared in a Christchurch courtroom Saturday morning, dressed in white prison garb, with close-cropped hair and looking confidently around the courtroom. The Australian-born Tarrant did not enter a plea but was ordered to return to court on April 5. Judge Paul Kellar of the Christchurch District Court ordered that any photos of Tarrant be pixelated to obscure his image.

Two others were also implicated in the crimes, including 18-year-old Daniel John Burrough, who was charged with inciting racial hostility or ill will. The second alleged accomplice remained unidentified as of Friday evening Eastern time.

None of the individuals had criminal records in Australia or New Zealand, or were on security watch lists, said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who vowed that the country’s “gun laws will change” as a result of the massacre.

Ardern said New Zealand has suffered an “extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” lamenting in particular that the violence targeted the country’s immigrant population. “They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home,” she said. “They are us.”

The killing rampage touched a nerve around the world. President Donald Trump, in a statement issued Friday morning, extended his “warmest sympathy …read more

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