New Zealand shooting: gun laws will change, says Ardern – latest updates

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Suspect had a licence to have a firearm, confirms New Zealand’s prime minister

Closing her press conference, Ardern has said:

I want to finish by saying that while the nation grapples with a form of grief and anger that we have not experienced before, we are seeking answers. As is the entire nation, we are all unified in grieving together.

Rhetoric of racism, division and extremism has no place not only in New Zealand but I would say in a society as a whole.

Police helicopters are continuously circling overhead the city, while approximately 100 members of media organisations wait for the accused to appear. Armed police and soldiers are also visible.

The court was scheduled to open at 9am (local time) but has not. Omar Nabi and his brother are waiting to enter the courthouse – Nabi says he needs to see the man who killed his father.

This was an undeniable act of evil. God loves all his children equally. We are all shell-shocked. This is surreal in New Zealand. I have had to rewrite my sermon for Sunday.

We will be with our Muslim brothers and sisters every step of the way. This is an attack on God’s children. God loves all his children equally. This right-wing element in mellow Christchurch is surreal. I am preaching compassion and peace today. Revenge is never the answer.

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