New Zealand authorities mentioned Wednesday officers stopped the gunman accused of killing 50 individuals at two mosques in Christchurch whereas on his approach to a 3rd assault.
Police commissioner Mike Bush instructed reporters that the gunman, who officers mentioned acted alone final Friday afternoon, was en path to terrorize extra individuals earlier than officers intervened.
“We strongly imagine we stopped him on the best way to additional assault,” he mentioned. “Lives had been saved.”
Officers arrested the 28-year-old suspect, Brenton Tarrant, 21 minutes after they obtained the primary emergency name, Bush mentioned.
The New Zealand Herald printed video of the second police apprehended the gunman after ramming his automobile off the highway. The officers had been in the course of a coaching session on deal with armed offenders after they obtained the decision about an energetic shooter in Christchurch, the paper reported.
The suspect was rushing down a highway, weaving out and in of site visitors along with his hazard lights on, police mentioned. Utilizing their autos, officers sidelined him and dragged him out of the motive force’s facet and onto the sidewalk the place he was arrested.
Bush had mentioned that officers discovered improvised explosive gadgets and different weapons in his automobile.
Whereas police say the alleged shooter, who had no earlier prison historical past, is the one one who opened hearth on the worshippers throughout prayer companies, the commissioner reiterated crew of worldwide authorities was investigating whether or not “anybody else was supporting him in any manner.”
“That is completely a world investigation,” he mentioned, noting that the three different individuals who police had additionally arrested that day weren’t linked to the assault.
Over the previous few years, the alleged gunman hung out in Jap Europe, visiting international locations together with Bulgaria, Turkey, and Croatia, authorities mentioned. A senior Turkish official instructed CNN that the suspect “had spent an prolonged time frame within the nation.”
In the meantime, a crew of greater than 120 consultants has been working to determine the victims so family members can maintain funerals. However earlier than authorities can launch the our bodies, they need to precisely doc how every sufferer died.
“We should show the reason for demise to the satisfaction of coroner and decide,” Bush mentioned. “You can’t convict for homicide with out that explanation for demise.”
Up to now, 21 our bodies have been formally recognized and returned to their households. By the top of Wednesday, the commissioner mentioned police hope to “have completed a majority of IDs.”
“However among the victims will take slightly longer,” he cautioned. “If we get it flawed, it’s unforgivable. We’re centered on getting it proper. If we do not, you’ll be able to’t come again from that.”