Suspect in New Zealand's deadliest mass shooting to be charged with 50 counts of murder

Mark Mitchell-Pool/Getty ImagesThe man charged in relation to the Christchurch massacre, Brenton Tarrant, is lead into the dock for his appearance for murder in the Christchurch District Court on March 16, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The man accused of committing the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand’s history will be charged with 50 counts of murder.

New Zealand police announced the new charges against Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, 28, on Thursday afternoon local time.

Tarrant was arrested in relation to the March 15, shooting and was previously charged with one count of murder. He now faces charges of 50 counts of murder and 39 counts of attempted murder.

Tarrant will appear in the High Court in Christchurch on Friday.

Fifty people were killed, and dozens more were injured last month after the shooter opened fire in two mosques located just minutes apart in Christchurch. The suspect appears to have published a racist manifesto online before he livestreamed the attacks on Facebook.

On Tuesday, New Zealand lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of new gun laws set forward in the wake of the shooting. The new laws would ban the sale of military-style semi-automatic weapons, the same type of weapon used by the gunman.

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