New Zealand Shooter Said ‘Subscribe to PewDiePie’ Before Mosque Massacre (VIDEO)
Police have arrested four people over the attacks that took place in two Muslim places of worship in Christchurch on Friday afternoon (local time). One of the shooters wrote in a manifesto that he carried out the attack to “directly reduce immigration rates to European lands”.
The gunman who live-streamed himself killing Muslims at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday appeared to be rooting for the Swedish blogger.
In an extremely graphic 17-minute video published on an American internet forum, he can be heard saying “Remember lads, subscribe to PewDiePie” as he started off and drove to the Al Noor Mosque.
#BREAKING The Christchurch gunman filmed his mass shooting live on social media, video shows dozens wounded/deceased.
— News This Second (@NewsThisSecond) March 15, 2019
The man, who was apparently wearing a GoPro device, then filmed himself storming into the building and gunning down worshippers with a semi-automatic weapon.
In the video, dozens appeared to be wounded or deceased. According to local media, he killed up to 30 people, with reports circulating that a gunman opened fire at another Christchurch mosque. Police have taken four suspects — three men and one woman — into custody.
The man in the horrific video described himself as Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian. His Twitter and Facebook accounts have been taken down, but he has published a lengthy manifesto shortly before the shooting, which sheds light on his beliefs and motives.
He described his actions as a “terrorist attack” and called himself a fascist. In the manifesto, he said white people are failing to reproduce and are being replaced by “non-European population” as a result of mass immigration — something that he called an “invasion”.
He said he wanted to “take revenge” for Europeans lost to terror attacks in Europe, and it appears that he was most outraged with the death of Ebba Akerlund, a Stockholm schoolgirl who was one of the four people killed by a Muslim asylum seeker driving a hijacked lorry in April 2017.
He said his actions were also inspired by a 2017 trip to France, where he was disappointed with the state of cities, which he said witnessed an “invasion of France by non-whites”.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the shooting, saying there is “no place” in the country for such acts of violence. “This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” she added. “Clearly, what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”