Published: Sat, March 16, 2019

New Zealand Shooter Said 'Subscribe to PewDiePie' Before Mosque Massacre

New Zealand Shooter Said 'Subscribe to PewDiePie' Before Mosque Massacre

"My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected by this tragedy".

Police added that 45 additional officers were deployed to Christchurch from other districts, with another 80 being drafted in today. PewDiePie is a popular YouTuber who has over 89 million subscribers.

The livestream of the massacre, and multiple copies, have since been purged from Facebook, but the video of the attack is still being shared widely online, forcing other social media platforms to respond.

Young children are among the 48 people wounded in the attack and are being treated for gunshot wounds.

Unlike in the United States, where calls for greater gun control after mass shootings are often met by deaf ears when it comes to federal regulation, three mass shootings - only one of which happened in New Zealand - prompted legislative changes. According to law enforcement officials, the man has been charged with murder and is scheduled to appear in a Christchurch court on Saturday.


Ranstorp said Tarrant's document is shorter and "more sloppy" than the one written by the Breivik, who killed 77 people in 2011.

The attack has been condemned across the globe, with leaders from Pakistan, Turkey, Britain, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Japan and the European Union sending their condolences and offering support to New Zealand.

The police commissioner would not confirm the shooter's name is Brenton Tarrant during the press conference.

A national report that reviewed their gun laws was released in 1997 and, at the time, they estimated that there were between 700,000 and 1,000,000 firearms owned by New Zealand civilians, according to the police. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden called the shootings a terrorist act, tweeting that such acts have no place in the country.

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