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. 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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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
BREAKING: 49 people now confirmed dead in this disgusting Christchurch mosque massacre. Scores more seriously injured. 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.
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.
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
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
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