Tarrant was arrested after mass shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand town, which left 49 worshippers dead and more than 40 injured. Tarrant,
Tarrant was arrested after mass shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand town, which left 49 worshippers dead and more than 40 injured. Tarrant, from the eastern Australian riverside town of Grafton, attended the local state high school and worked as a personal trainer at a gym in the area about 400 miles north of Sydney. He is believed to have an older sister and mother but his father died of cancer in 2010.
He was not previously known to be a terror threat and said on Facebook last year that he had visited Pakistan, describing it as “an incredible place filled with the most earnest, kind hearted and hospitable people in the world”.
The attacker described himself in a manifesto uploaded to the internet before the attack as an “ordinary white man from a working class, low income family” and said he was from Irish, English and Scottish descent.
He also claimed to have been inspired by the Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik and said he was out to avenge “thousands of deaths caused by foreign invaders.”
The manifesto said: “I have read the writings of Dylan Roof and many others, but only really took true inspiration from Knight Justiciar Breivik.”
Australian prime minister Scott Morrison said: “He is an Australian-born citizen. That obviously leads to an Australian -based investigation and all of our inquiries here will be absolutely shared and communicated with New Zealand authorities.”
Tarrant allegedly filmed himself attacking a Christchurch mosque in a Facebook Live video.
The Facebook livestream of the attack, apparently recorded with a head-mounted camera, began about 1:40 p.m. local time. The attacker plays music as he drives to the mosque, including a British grenadiers march and a Serbian anti-Muslim hate anthem called “Remove Kebab”.
Once he arrives in the Hagley Park district of Christchurch, the attacker parks the car and opens the rear hatch, revealing a cache of guns, ammunition and what appear to be red fuel containers.
Picking up two guns, both covered in names and slogans, he walks around the corner to the entrance of a mosque and begins shooting.
The livestream ended less than 20 minutes later. The suspected shooter was arrested about 3 p.m.
“Do you feel any remorse for the attack”? the author asks self-referentially in the manifesto. “No. I only wish I could have killed more invaders, and more traitors as well.”
The Twitter handle @brentontarrant tweeted pictures of one of the guns later used in the mosque attacks in the city of Christchurch.
It was covered in white lettering, featuring the names of others who had committed race- or religion-based killings alongside Cyrillic, Armenian and Georgian references to historical figures and events and the phrase: “Here’s Your Migration Compact”.
The number “14” was written on the side of the rifle as well, a reference to the “fourteen words”, a white supremacist mantra.
Other tweets from the same user included references to declining white fertility rates, articles about right-wing extremists in various countries and stories about purported crimes by illegal immigrants.