Kai Schwoerer via Getty ImagesNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media on Saturday. Moreover, the person charged with murder had not been "on the radar" of the intelligence community for extremism, the prime minister explained.
"Just around the entrance door there were elderly people sitting there praying and he just started shooting at them", Mazharuddin told Sky.
Tarrant was remanded without a plea until his next scheduled appearance in the South Island city's High Court on April 5.
"Our investigations are in their early stages and we will be looking closely to build a picture of any of the individuals involved and all of their activities prior to this horrific event", Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.
"While work is being done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now: Our gun laws will change", she said at a news conference on Saturday.
A gunman opened fire on worshippers in two mosques in Christchurch, killing 49 people.
The gunman had posted a jumbled, 74-page manifesto on social media in which he identified himself as an Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.
A friend of Wasseim's, Carolyne Phillips, who was at the hospital with him, said he had undergone surgery for a perforated bowel, an injury to his pelvis and to get shrapnel and bone out of his hip socket.
The video footage showed a man driving to the mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people present inside. Thirty-six of those remain in Christchurch hospital, where they are being treated with the utmost care and professionalism by medical staff.
New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio said he spoke to one of the Trustees of the Festival last night about the decision, and why it was made.
"It's been 36 hours, I haven't heard anything about them", he said.
Tarrant didn't appear on any government security watch-list, nor did he have a criminal record in New Zealand.
She said the main perpetrator used five weapons during his rampage, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns, which he was legally licensed to own.
"The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch". Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country that has had low levels of gun violence.
"Inevitably, this is such a small community, so these people are going to be people who are familiar to us, even if we don't know them directly", he says.
He acknowledged the frustration being felt by family members of the victims, who were desperate to bury their loved ones.