Alleged New Zealand Mosque Mass Shooter's Manifesto Praises Donald Trump As "Symbol Of Renewed White Identity"
A mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday has left an astonishing total of 49 people dead, according to The Associated Press. The shooting was carried out by at least one gunman who posted on online “manifesto” stating white supremacist viewpoints and naming prominent Donald Trump supporter and right-wing American media personality Candace Owens as the person who most inspired him to commit acts of violence.
The attack began at approximately 1:40 p.m. New Zealand Daylight Time at Masjid Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch, or 8:40 p.m ET on Thursday night in America. A specific number of fatalities was not yet made public by police three hours later, but the New Zealand Police Twitter account said that one person was in custody, but that police believed that there may be more than one shooter involved in the attacks.
But the paper also reported that the alleged shooter published a lengthy manifesto online, in which he “outlined who he was and why he carried out the massacre at the Christchurch mosque.” The complete, 73-page manifesto was posted on the document-sharing site ScribD.