The carnage shocked the normally peaceful nation, in which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the carnage a terrorist attack and made changes to the country's arms laws.
The shooter, who acquired a weapons license in November 2017, led the killings with two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns, and a leveraged weapon, Ardern said.
"While working on the chain of events leading to both possession and possession of this weapon license, I can now tell you one thing – our gun laws will change," she told reporters.
"It's time for change," said Ardern, who earlier on Friday called one of their country's "darkest days" and called the suspects "extremist views" that have no place in either New Zealand or the world. [1
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Three people were gathered together attached to the shootings. This includes a 28-year-old man who was charged with murder and was to appear in court on Saturday. The other two remain in custody.
A fourth person detained was later determined to be an armed spectator who wanted help from the police.
Ardern said the suspect traveled the world and sporadically visited New Zealand. He had no criminal history in New Zealand or Australia and had not made the intelligence agencies aware of extremist views. At the time of the attack, he was in the southern city of Dunedin, about 225 kilometers from Christchurch.
The Prime Minister traveled from Wellington to Christchurch on Saturday along with fellow politicians, including the opposition leader.
"Like the entire nation, we are all united in a common grief," she told reporters.
New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the authorities investigated their links to shootings when Muslims gathered for Friday prayers. This is the busiest time for many mosques around the world.
At least one arrested comes from Australia Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the massacre the work of a "right-wing, violent terrorist."
The alleged shooter live image of the attack has put a detailed manifesto under the name of Brenton Tarrant online. CNN has not confirmed that this is his real name. The New Zealand police have not publicly identified the shooter.
In the manifesto, he describes himself as a white man born in Australia and lists the white nationalists who inspired him.
Ardern urged the public not to share the movie "disquieting" 17-minute video.
Police said she was not looking for other suspects, but stressed that the investigation remained fluid. None of those arrested during the attacks had been on the attack on security lists.
In addition to the 49 dead, the authorities said that 48 people were injured, many seriously. The injured were infants with gunshot wounds.
A worshiper in a mosque said he heard the shooter "shoot continuously for 10 to 15 minutes."
The attack was apparently broadcast live on social media
The authorities refused to discuss possible motives for the attack. Immediately prior to shooting in a social media post, a report believed to be in contact with the shooter contained a link to an 87-page manifesto run with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim Screeds and explanations for an attack is filled. The manifesto was not signed.
The police said they knew about a video that was shared online and broadcast live during the attack, apparently with an armed man going into a mosque and opening the fire. "We urgently insist that the (video) connection is not shared and we are working to get material removed," the New Zealand police said.
The impertinence of the broadcast and the apparent failure of tech companies to prevent them from spreading online, has raised concerns. In New Zealand, commentators also feared that the horror would cause deep divisions in a society that has largely avoided the polarization that has spread elsewhere.
New Zealand New Zealand spokeswoman Mia Garlick said in a statement that the material was quickly demolished. "The New Zealand Police made us aware of a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream started, and we removed both the shooter's Facebook account and the video, and we also received any praise or support for the crime and shooter or remove the shooters as soon as we find them. " Noted, "she said.
CNN has not been able to independently confirm any information about the attackers or the alleged video at the time.
A Google and YouTube spokesman called the shootings a" terrible tragedy, "adding : "Shocking, violent and graphic content has no place on our platforms and will be removed as soon as we hear about it. As with any major tragedy, we will work cooperatively with the authorities. "
Twitter removed an account that he believed was associated with the main suspect and worked to keep the incident's video off his platform, a spokesperson said. "We are deeply concerned about the shootings in Christchurch today," Twitter said in a statement. "Twitter has rigorous processes and a dedicated team to handle such and urgent situations. We are also working with law enforcement to facilitate their investigations as needed. "
Australian Prime Minister Morrison said he had asked flags to fly with half staff out of respect for those killed." The Australians are joining today in this dark time New Zealanders, where hatred and violence stole their peace and innocence. Kia kaha (stay strong), "Morrison wrote earlier with a Maori phrase.
US President Donald Trump said in a tweet," My sincere condolences and best wishes are addressed to the people of New Zealand after the terrible Massacres in the mosques. 49 innocent people have died so useless, with so many other seriously injured. The US stands for New Zealand for everything we can.
IEDs found in vehicle
Armed officers were deployed after receiving reports of the shootings at 13:40 local time local time when mosques were packed for Friday prayers, police said 41 people were in the Al Noor mosque Seven died in the Linwood Mosque on Linwood Avenue and one died in hospital injuries
"I came out on the street, I saw a person being shot on his chest," he said, adding that the ambulance and police had arrived at the scene. He said he had a friend in another mosque in the area who told him that a gunman had opened the fire there and that five people were dead.
"I could not contact two of my friends in the mosque," he said.
Another witness who did not want to be named said he was driving and saw a man with a "3- or 4-year-old daughter" shot in the back. "He was screaming, like, bringing her to the hospital," he said. "I just parked my car and loaded him and his daughter, and this other man was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital," he said. A man outside the mosque said that he prayed that the armed man would "go out".
"I thought he had to run out of balls, you know, so basically I was waiting and praying to God, oh God, please let the guy run out of bullets." he said. He said that a man had told him to stay calm, and then the shooter shot the man "straight in the chest."
CNN's Nicole Chavez, Sophia Saifi, Jomana Karadsheh, Yazhou Sun, Paul P. Murphy and Eric Cheung and journalist Matthew McKew contributed to the report.