The gunman livestreamed himself driving towards the mosque.
The camera pans to his collection of firearms laying on the passenger seat. They are covered in writing. Upon closer inspection they have the names of people like Bajo Pivljanin, a Serb who fought against the Ottoman empire in 1600’s, and Sebastiano Vernier appears written on his cell phone, a Venetian Doge who led battles against the Ottomans in the 1500’s. At one point the camera is pointed back towards the gunman, showing a angry looking white man. He then calmly gets out of his car, arms himself with a shotgun and a AR-15 before heading into the mosque. Opening fire with the shotgun, he kills several people in the entranceway before proceeding into the prayer room.
The shooter empties magazine after magazine into unarmed civilians as the livestream continues to broadcast. He guns down anyone who tries to escape, then makes several trips back into the prayer room to pump round after round into the bodies. Back outside, he murders a woman on the sidewalk then shoots her several more times in head as she cries out for help. He then gets back in his car and drives off listening to music that some have identified as the soundtrack to the Japanese anime series Initial D.
Although much remains to be pieced together, it seems clear that he then headed to another mosque to perform another attack. As of now the bodycount in Christchurch, New Zealand stands at 49, with many more injured. The suspect was arrested by the police and will appear in court this weekend. This is the first time such a mass shooting has occurred in New Zealand, a country with fairly unrestrictive gun laws by comparison to nearby Australia. It wasn’t long before his social media post was located which also linked to his manifesto.