At least 49 people are dead and another 48 people wounded following a series of two fatal mass shootings at New Zealand mosques.
The deadliest shooting happened in the afternoon at Masjid Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, which left 41 people dead.
Reports claim a witness saw a man in black walk into the mosque and heard shots fired shortly after, prompting those inside to run in terror.
The gunman livestreamed the horrific act as he gunned down the victims, then walked outside and continued to do so as he shot at people on the sidewalk.
The second massacre left another seven people dead at Linwood Masjid Mosque during Friday prayer.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern raised the national security threat level to high following the attack.
The person who has committed this violent act has no place here. To those in Christchurch; I encourage you to stay inside and follow the instructions of @nzpolice. The Police Commissioner will be making a public statement at 5pm. I will update everyone again later this evening.
— Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) March 15, 2019
One man has since been charged with murder and another two people were armed and currently in custody undergoing questioning.
An additional person was taken into custody, but officials claim one of the arrests did not relate to the shootings.
It is unclear if the suspect who claimed responsibility was the perpetrator in both attacks.
Authorities claim the same man left an anti-immigrant manifesto, which outlined his reasoning behind the massacre.
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
Officials say they also found multiple explosives in one car and recovered several weapons as well.
Reports claim none of the people taken into custody were on any watchlists.