Brenton Tarrant: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Brenton Tarrant is the name used on Facebook by the man shown in a graphic and extremely disturbing live video who appears to be fatally shooting people at a New Zealand mosque in Christchurch.
Although it’s not yet clear whether that’s his real name or not, and authorities have not confirmed the identify of the active shooter or the authenticity of the video, the Facebook page in the name Brenton Tarrant appears to have streamed the mass shooting on Facebook Live and filled his Twitter page with anti-Muslim rants and weaponry.
A few moments later, the Twitter page was suspended
Furthermore, the cover picture of a Twitter page in the name Brenton Tarrant shows a body lying on the ground with a doll next to it.
The mass shooting broke out at the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 14, 2019, with eyewitnesses describing a heavily armed, military-jacket clad gunman who opened fire during prayers. The Al Noor Mosque is located near Christchurch’s Hagley Park. Brenton Tarrant’s name circulated quickly on social media after a copy of the extremely disturbing video circulated on YouTube. It showed his name via his Facebook account, although that account has since been deleted. Heavy has viewed the extremely troubling video.
#BREAKING: Man allegedly involved in mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand live-streamed shooting rampage on Facebook; still frames are from video I obtained moments ago. pic.twitter.com/Uw7alIXsgr
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) March 15, 2019
Here’s what you need to know
1. The Graphic Facebook Live Video on the Brenton Tarrant Page Shows a Gunman Entering a Mosque & Opening Fire on Numerous People
The extremely disturbing Facebook live video, in the name of Brenton Tarrant, and which has not been confirmed by authorities, shows the man walking toward the mosque through a gate and then up to the front door. You see him aim the gun at the door and start shooting. He walks past a dead body and screams erupt. He shoots several people in a hall and then walks into a larger communal area and shoots other people. Bodies lay crumpled on the ground. A man runs past at one point and he reloads.
You can see writing on his rifle as he does so. He then walks into the area and shoots at bodies already lying on the ground. He reloads again, and the extremely graphic and disturbing video ends. He also appears to have uploaded a manifesto online and posted pictures of weaponry to Twitter with anti-Muslim rants about birthrates and white genocide.
Unconfirmed preliminary reports say that multiple people – even as many as 30 or 40 -could be injured and as many as six dead. Authorities have yet to confirm that information, though. The Sydney Morning Herald said the hospital was told to prepare for between 40 and 50 people.