49 people are dead and 20 injured in two separate shootings, one which was reportedly livestreamed and mentioned YouTube star PewDiePie.
At least 49 people are dead and 20 injured after mass shootings at two different mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday afternoon local time.
As the story developed throughout the night on Thursday in America, there were outpourings of support from many in Hollywood, politics and more, while still many others are awakening Friday morning to the full scope of the tragedy, as it currently stands.
Fours suspects have been detained, with one being charged with murder. A 28-year-old man has claimed responsibility for the shootings, leaving an anti-immigrant manifesto that mentions white nationalist heroes and famous names like controversial YouTube star PewDiePie and pro-Trump activist Candace Owens.
An apparent livestream of the shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque during Friday prayers was recorded and posted to several social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, showing the man arming himself and entering the mosque where he began shooting. Before firing, he said, "Remember lads, subscribe to PewDiePie!"
Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie responded quickly, condemning the attacks and expressing that he was sickened to have been named by the shooter, while Owens took a decidedly more offensive approach, going on the offensive and then plugging her upcoming show.
Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch.— ƿ૯ωძɿ૯ƿɿ૯ (@pewdiepie) March 15, 2019
I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person.
My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected by this tragedy.
LOL! 😂— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 15, 2019
FACT: I’ve never created any content espousing my views on the 2nd Amendment or Islam.
The Left pretending I inspired a mosque massacre in...New Zealand because I believe black America can do it without government hand outs is the reachiest reach of all reaches!! LOL! https://t.co/4vM1aXleL4
HAHA OMG you racist Leftists are taking your racism and crazy to a whole new level hahah.— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 15, 2019
“Black people don’t have to be Democrats” now means...mosque shootings in New Zealand?
This clearly won’t stick but damn if I won’t grow #BLEXIT highlighting your sheer desperation. 😂😂 https://t.co/4vM1aXleL4
To be clear:— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 15, 2019
We played the “Candace is Hitler” game.
We played the “Candace is anti-rape victims” game.
If the media attempts this “Candace inspired a mosque shooting in New Zealand” bit—they better all lawyer the f*ck up.
I will go full Covington Catholic lawsuit.
Racist white liberals are on the hunt trying to lynch another black conservative tonight!— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 15, 2019
Sorry racists!— you will never deplatform me and you can’t stop #BLEXIT but you CAN watch me and @PARISDENNARD discuss how many black conservatives you’ve tried to lynch— this Sunday! https://t.co/lUESWZ39zS
The manifesto itself seems designed to go viral and keep itself circulating. Aside from mentioning the most-subscribed YouTuber -- who has a problematic history with anti-Semitism -- it also mentions Fortnite and Spyro the Dragon. It also mentions other white supremacist killers.
Authorities in New Zealand have not released the names of any of the detained individuals, three men and one woman, but have identified one as Australian. The manifesto's author claims to be an Australian white nationalist.
Check out some of the early responses to this developing story below:
Michelle and I send our condolences to the people of New Zealand. We grieve with you and the Muslim community. All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 15, 2019
My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019
My heart is broken. My country is weeping and so am I. I am dying knowing that this kind of hatred can happen in my homeland. All my love goes out to Christchurch, the victims, the families, the Muslim community, and all who have chosen our islands as their home. This is not us.— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) March 15, 2019
More heartbreaking and enraging news, my deepest sympathy to those lost in another racist bigoted killing in New Zealand— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) March 15, 2019
It’s hard to fathom the pure unadulterated evil on display in New Zealand. I am beyond horrified by this. God be with the victims and their families. I don’t have any other words...— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 15, 2019
This evil ideology has attacked mosques, synagogues, Sikh temples, black churches and more in the past few years. So many people killed while gathering to peacefully pray.— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 15, 2019
My heart weeps with the people of New Zealand after this horrific terrorist attack! Sending love and prayers across the pacific to all of you as we all struggle to make sense of this… https://t.co/satjrBnGZF— Melissa Joan Hart (@MelissaJoanHart) March 15, 2019
So heart-wrenching to see what has just happened in Christchurch. May God bless the souls who came to the mosque to worship Him in peace. What madness is now spreading? May God's Garden be their next stop. pic.twitter.com/eLLqXbSDfv— Yusuf / Cat Stevens (@YusufCatStevens) March 15, 2019
BREAKING: 49 people now confirmed dead in this disgusting Christchurch mosque massacre. Scores more seriously injured.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 15, 2019
One of the worst terrorist attacks in modern history. New Zealand is such a great country, utterly heart-breaking to see its people attacked like this.
Friends,— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 15, 2019
Morning (Friday) is Jummah, the weekly day of worship for our community of Muslim friends and loved ones.
Be there for them. Check in. Perhaps extend a kind gesture at your local mosque.
There is so much fear and hate.
We must negate it with active, courageous love.
New Zealand. Such a beautiful place. Sending love to Christchurch and all the Kiwis. Hate and ignorance are the next walls to fall. pic.twitter.com/2f1g71plSr— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) March 15, 2019
Horrified by the news of the mass shootings in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Hate knows no boundaries, especially when so heavily armed. Thinking of the shattered lives and communities, where hundreds had gathered for Friday prayers.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 15, 2019
Shocked , saddened and disgusted at this abhorrent terrorist attacking unfolding in Christchurch NZ . My heart , thoughts and prayers go out to all families affected.— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) March 15, 2019
New Zealand. I'm so sorry this has happened.— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) March 15, 2019
No. I’m broken from this.#NZMosqueShooting— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 15, 2019
Devastated by the reports out of New Zealand. The community in Christchurch is in our hearts, as are all affected by this horrific attack. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” - MLK— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 15, 2019
Sending so much love to Christchurch, and to New Zealand. This is monstrous.— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 15, 2019
The violence and loss of human life from #christchurch mosque shooting is a horrific reminder of what hate propaganda can do.— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@MustafaAliWWE) March 15, 2019
Stop hate propaganda.
Christchurch. New Zealand. Muslims worldwide. Much love to you. ❤️— Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos) March 15, 2019
New Zealand. One of the most wonderful places in the world full of kind and gentle people. My heart is breaking hearing this horrifying news.— Jewel Staite (@JewelStaite) March 15, 2019
I saw some news outlets trying to pin part of the blame on you - the whole situation is absolutely horrific, and trying to simplify deeper societal problems and use you as a scapegoat will only lead us further from addressing the real problems— Roomie (@roomieofficial) March 15, 2019
To the Muslim community— my heart is broken by the horror & loss in New Zealand. We are with you, we see you, and we will fight white supremacy and islamaphobia until we are all free of fear. #ChristchurchMosque— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) March 15, 2019
Candace Owens had a really bad night.— andy lassner (@andylassner) March 15, 2019
Not sure LOLing, HAHAing and threatening lawsuits was the appropriate response, but hey that’s just me. #Christchurch
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