Man who live streamed the Christchurch shooting identified

2019-03-15 at 15:14

The man who live streamed himself attacking a Christchurch mosque and murdering at least 40 people has identified himself online before the rampage as Australian citizen Brenton Tarrant.

On a now-deleted Twitter account, Tarrant posted multiple photos of what appear to be machine gun magazines and a link to what is being described as a manifesto for his actions.

The 74-page document starts off quoting a Dylan Thomas poem, Do not go gentle into that good night, and then moves onto a rant about white genocide.

Tarrant outlines his motivations: including to “create an atmosphere of fear” and to “incite violence” against Muslims while offering up autobiographical details.

Tarrant, an Australian citizen who is believed to come from the northern New South Wales town of Grafton, entitles his document ‘The Great Replacement’.

In it he claims he had “brief contact” with Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Brevik and that Brevik gave a “blessing” for his attack.

Police have not confirmed that Brenton is one of the men in custody over the shooting. They have said one man has been charged.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said an Australian citizen was involved in carrying out the attack. In the document, Brenton introduces himself as growing up working-class, in a low-income family.

He describes himself as an “ethno-nationalist” and a “fascist”.

Tarrant says the attack had been planned for two years and the Christchurch location was scoped out three months in advance. His choice of weapon – firearms – was designed to gain maximum publicity.