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Christchurch gunman live-streamed his attack in 17-minute Facebook video

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 3/15/2019 Kristin Lam
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A gunman who opened fire inside a New Zealand mosque on Friday live-streamed his attack in a 17-minute video that appeared to be recorded on a helmet camera.

The Facebook video began with the man driving up to Masjid Al Noor mosque in the city of Christchurch. After parking his car, the man armed himself with at least one semi-automatic gun and walked into the mosque, immediately shooting a person in the doorway.

In a 74-page manifesto posted to various sites including Twitter and Scribd that appeared to belong to the gunman, he identified himself as a 28-year-old white man born in Australia and listed white nationalist heroes.

In Sydney, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Friday that an Australian citizen had been arrested in the mosque shootings.

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The names of mass killers were written in white on his weapons, multiple outlets reported.

The New Zealand Herald, which watched the live-stream video, reported that the gunman "began shooting indiscriminately" upon entering the mosque.

He shot a second victim who was crawling in the main hallway, then blocked the hallway and began shooting at people who were cowering in corners of a room. He stopped to reload several times, the Herald reported, and then resumed firing repeatedly. 

After three minutes inside, the gunman exited through the mosque's front door. Video showed him shooting randomly at cars. He got more ammunition out of his car trunk, the Herald reported, then shot at no apparent target on the street. 

"Looks like we won't get the bird today, boys," he said in the video.

At another point, he said, “There wasn’t even time to aim, there was so many targets,” he says at one point," the New York Times reported.

He then re-entered the mosque, firing at people lying motionless on the ground. The video ended with him driving away from the scene, the Herald reported.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Christchurch gunman live-streamed his attack in 17-minute Facebook video

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