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A man threatened to knife the Christchurch mosque shooter

A grieving man threatened ‘to knife’ the accused Christchurch mosque shooter as the alleged gunman faced court today. 

Brenton Harrison Tarrant – a 28-year-old Australian man from Grafton NSW – briefly fronted Christchurch District Court on Saturday following a mass shooting at Al Noor and Linwood Majid mosques on Friday afternoon.

Outside of the court a crowd had gathered and one man threatened ‘to knife’ the accused before police restrained him. 

The member of the public showed a reporter the knife and said of the mass killing, ‘What the f*** has happened here?’

Breton Harrison Tarrant - a 28-year-old Australian man from Grafton NSW - briefly fronted Christchurch District Court on Saturday following a mass shooting at Al Noor and Linwood Majid mosques on Friday afternoon

Breton Harrison Tarrant - a 28-year-old Australian man from Grafton NSW - briefly fronted Christchurch District Court on Saturday following a mass shooting at Al Noor and Linwood Majid mosques on Friday afternoon

Breton Harrison Tarrant – a 28-year-old Australian man from Grafton NSW – briefly fronted Christchurch District Court on Saturday following a mass shooting at Al Noor and Linwood Majid mosques on Friday afternoon 

Outside of the court a crowd had gathered and one man threatened 'to knife' the accused before police restrained him

Outside of the court a crowd had gathered and one man threatened 'to knife' the accused before police restrained him

Outside of the court a crowd had gathered and one man threatened ‘to knife’ the accused before police restrained him 

Tarrant was charged with with one count of murder but police say many more charges are expected to be laid – he has been remanded in custody and his duty lawyer did not apply for bail.

A second man Daniel John Burrough, 18, has also been charged in relation to the mosque attacks but he did not appear in court.

Another man remains in custody, and police are still trying to ‘build a picture of any of the individuals involved and all of their activities prior to this horrific event’.

The terrifying attack at Christchurch was live-streamed in a 17-minute video and it is reported the family of the man charged over the massacre has approached NSW Police. 

‘After the crime, my understanding is the family (of this man) did approach NSW Police after the incident was on TV,’ Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said in Sydney on Saturday morning. 

Tarrant’s mother was nowhere to be seen at her Lawrence home, a 25-minute drive north of Grafton in NSW.

The commissioner will be joined by other senior police at a meeting with religious leaders at the Australian National Imams Council in the city’s west. 

Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed the death toll stands at 49, with 42 injured.

Earlier, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed two of the 36 people being treated at Christchurch Hospital were in a critical condition – a five-year-old had also been taken to Starship Hospital at Auckland.

At the same time, she vowed to strengthen gun laws in New Zealand after she said the attacker had used five firearms in the attack, including two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and a lever action firearm. 

Tarrant was charged with with one count of murder but police say many more charges are expected to be laid - he has been remanded in custody and his duty lawyer did not apply for bail

Tarrant was charged with with one count of murder but police say many more charges are expected to be laid - he has been remanded in custody and his duty lawyer did not apply for bail

Tarrant was charged with with one count of murder but police say many more charges are expected to be laid – he has been remanded in custody and his duty lawyer did not apply for bail 

The terrifying attack at Christchurch was live-streamed in a 17-minute video and it is reported the family of the man charged over the massacre has approached NSW Police

The terrifying attack at Christchurch was live-streamed in a 17-minute video and it is reported the family of the man charged over the massacre has approached NSW Police

The terrifying attack at Christchurch was live-streamed in a 17-minute video and it is reported the family of the man charged over the massacre has approached NSW Police 

Timeline of terror: How the Christchurch shootings unfolded

Friday March 15, 1.30pm local time (12.30am GMT): Gunman identifying himself as Brenton Tarrant live-streams mass shooting inside the Al Noor Mosque as Friday prayers are underway. The Bangladesh cricket team were on their way to the mosque at the time.

Another shooting takes place at a mosque in Linwood, 3.5 miles to the east. 

1.40pm: Police respond to reports of shots fired in central Christchurch. People are urged to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour. Shortly afterwards, all schools in the city are placed into lockdown.

2.10pm: Police confirm they are attending an ‘evolving situation’ involving an ‘active shooter’

3.30pm: Two explosive devices attached to a car are found and disarmed by a bomb squad at Strickland Street, not far from the Al Noor Mosque.

4pm: One person confirmed to be in custody. New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush says there have been ‘multiple fatalities’ at two locations – both mosques. Mosques across New Zealand urged to shut their doors.

4.10pm: Prime minister Jacinda Ardern calls it ‘one of New Zealand’s darkest days’.

5.30pm: Mr Bush says three men and one woman are in custody. Australian prime minister Scott Morrison confirms one of those arrested is Australian.

7.30pm: Ms Ardern says 40 are dead and more than 20 are seriously injured but confirms the offender is in custody 

National security threat level is lifted from low to high.

7.45pm: Britomart train station in central Auckland is evacuated after bags are found unattended. The bags were deemed not suspicious.

9pm: Death toll rises to 49 and Police Commissioner Bush reveals a man in his late 20s has been charged with murder. 

Police are not looking for any named or identified suspects, he says, but adds that it would be ‘wrong to assume that there is no-one else’.

11.50pm: Investigation extends 240 miles to the south where homes are evacuated around a ‘location of interest’ in Dunedin. 

She said she had been advised the gunman obtained a Category A licence in November 2017, and ‘under that, he was able to acquire the guns that he held’.

‘While work has been done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun licence and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change,’ Ms Ardern told media.

New Zealand’s gun laws have remained largely unchanged since 1992, when the 1983 law was toughened in response to another massacre in which 13 people died. 

‘There have been attempts to change our laws in 2005, 2012 and after an inquiry in 2017. Now is the time for change,’ Ms Ardern said at the press conference.

‘There are obviously questions being asked of how this person was able to enter the country and undertake this act of terror.’

'After the crime, my understanding is the family (of this man) did approach NSW Police after the incident was on TV,' Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said in Sydney on Saturday morning (pictured, floral tributes are left before dawn at Deans Avenue near the Al Noor Mosque on March 16, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand)

'After the crime, my understanding is the family (of this man) did approach NSW Police after the incident was on TV,' Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said in Sydney on Saturday morning (pictured, floral tributes are left before dawn at Deans Avenue near the Al Noor Mosque on March 16, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand)

‘After the crime, my understanding is the family (of this man) did approach NSW Police after the incident was on TV,’ Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said in Sydney on Saturday morning (pictured, floral tributes are left before dawn at Deans Avenue near the Al Noor Mosque on March 16, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand)

Tarrant's mother was nowhere to be seen at her Lawrence home, a 25-minute drive north of Grafton in NSW (pictured, local residents leave floral tributes at Deans Avenue near the Al Noor Mosque on March 16, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. At least 49 people are confirmed dead

Tarrant's mother was nowhere to be seen at her Lawrence home, a 25-minute drive north of Grafton in NSW (pictured, local residents leave floral tributes at Deans Avenue near the Al Noor Mosque on March 16, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. At least 49 people are confirmed dead

Tarrant’s mother was nowhere to be seen at her Lawrence home, a 25-minute drive north of Grafton in NSW (pictured, local residents leave floral tributes at Deans Avenue near the Al Noor Mosque on March 16, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. At least 49 people are confirmed dead

Details of the alleged terrorist’s background are emerging, including his upbringing in the rural New South Wales town of Grafton which he left shortly after his father Rodney died of cancer when Tarrant was in his early 20s.

He seems to have spent up to seven years travelling the world from 2011 onwards, and one woman who knew him before he left Grafton speculated to Daily Mail Australia that ‘something happened to him’ during this time. She also recognised him as being the man in the massacre video.

Tarrant claimed in a so-called ‘manifesto’ to have made money trading Bitcoin, enabling him to travel the world. He also spoke of visiting a wide range of countries including Pakistan, and a photograph showed him on a tourist trip to North Korea.

A picture posted on social media by a Pakistani hotel manager in 2018 appears to show him in the country during his time abroad.

Earlier, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) confirmed two of the 40 people being treated at Christchurch Hospital were in a critical condition - a five-year-old had also been taken to Starship Hospital at Auckland

Earlier, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) confirmed two of the 40 people being treated at Christchurch Hospital were in a critical condition - a five-year-old had also been taken to Starship Hospital at Auckland

Earlier, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) confirmed two of the 40 people being treated at Christchurch Hospital were in a critical condition – a five-year-old had also been taken to Starship Hospital at Auckland 

New Zealand's gun laws have remained largely unchanged since 1992, when the 1983 law was toughened in response to another massacre in which 13 people died (pictured, emergency services respond to mass shooting on Friday afternoon)

New Zealand's gun laws have remained largely unchanged since 1992, when the 1983 law was toughened in response to another massacre in which 13 people died (pictured, emergency services respond to mass shooting on Friday afternoon)

New Zealand’s gun laws have remained largely unchanged since 1992, when the 1983 law was toughened in response to another massacre in which 13 people died (pictured, emergency services respond to mass shooting on Friday afternoon) 

Details of the alleged terrorist's background are emerging, including his upbringing in the rural New South Wales town of Grafton (pictured, house in Grafton) which he left shortly after his father Rodney died of cancer when Tarrant was in his early 20s

Details of the alleged terrorist's background are emerging, including his upbringing in the rural New South Wales town of Grafton (pictured, house in Grafton) which he left shortly after his father Rodney died of cancer when Tarrant was in his early 20s

Details of the alleged terrorist’s background are emerging, including his upbringing in the rural New South Wales town of Grafton (pictured, house in Grafton) which he left shortly after his father Rodney died of cancer when Tarrant was in his early 20s

But at some point he seems to have become obsessed with terrorist attacks that happened in Europe between 2016 and 2017. His ranting manifesto is filled with Neo-Nazi ideology and hatred for Muslim people.

One woman who knew Tarrant before he left Grafton said he worked as a personal trainer who was obsessed with fitness but seemed like a well-adjusted young man.

In a twisted manifesto that he posted online before the massacre, Tarrant described himself as an ‘ordinary, white man’, who was born into a working class, low income family of Scottish, Irish and English decent.

He said in the document he had ‘no interest’ in attending university after leaving school. His father died of cancer when he was in his early 20s, and he left Australia to travel the world shortly afterwards.    

Tarrant claimed in a so-called 'manifesto' to have made money trading Bitcoin, enabling him to travel the world. He also spoke of visiting a wide range of countries including Pakistan, and a photograph showed him on a tourist trip to North Korea (pictured, emergency services respond following mass shooting at Christchurch on Friday afternoon)

Tarrant claimed in a so-called 'manifesto' to have made money trading Bitcoin, enabling him to travel the world. He also spoke of visiting a wide range of countries including Pakistan, and a photograph showed him on a tourist trip to North Korea (pictured, emergency services respond following mass shooting at Christchurch on Friday afternoon)

Tarrant claimed in a so-called ‘manifesto’ to have made money trading Bitcoin, enabling him to travel the world. He also spoke of visiting a wide range of countries including Pakistan, and a photograph showed him on a tourist trip to North Korea (pictured, emergency services respond following mass shooting at Christchurch on Friday afternoon) 

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