A terrorist who opened fire on a New Zealand mosque published an online manifesto detailing his plans to carry out a massacre hours before the attack.
The 87-page document, which he called ‘The Great Replacement’, was published by Brenton Tarrant on the morning before he opened fire inside the Al Noor Mostque in Christchurch.
At least 27 people are believed to have been killed.
It is understood the suspected shooter is an Australian, aged 28.
The manifesto reveals in chilling details his grievances, why he picked the mosque and claims he was inspired by Norway mass shooter Anders Behring Breivik.
Brenton Tarrant, 28, opened fire on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday
A terrorist who opened fire on a New Zealand mosque published an online manifesto detailing his plans to carry out a massacre hours before the attack
‘I have read the writings of Dylan Roof and many others, but only really took true inspiration from Knight Justiciar Breivik,’ he wrote.
The suspected shooter described himself as an ‘ordinary white man born in Australia to a working class, low income family.’
‘I am just a regular White man, from a regular family. Who decided to take a stand to ensure a future for my people,’ he wrote.
Daily Mail Australia understands the man grew up in Grafton, in regional New South Wales, where much of his family still lives.
His father, who was a competitive athlete and completed 75 triathlons, died of cancer in 2010 aged just 49. His mother still lives in the area.
Tarrant attended a local high school and then worked as a personal trainer at the local Big River Squash and Fitness Centre for a couple of years from about 2010.
A woman who knew Tarrant through the gym said he had always followed a strict dietary and exercise regime.
‘He was very dedicated to his own training and to training others,’ she said. ‘He threw himself into his own personal training and then qualified as a trainer and trained others. He was very good.’
‘When I say he was dedicated, he was dedicated more than most people would be.
‘He was in the gym for long periods of time, lifting heaving weights. He pretty much transformed his body.’
In the manifesto Tarrant said he had ‘little interest in education’ and ‘did not attend University as I had no great interest in anything offered in the Universities to study’.
The man said he initially planned to target a mosque in Dunedin, but changed to the Al Noor Mosque because it had ‘far more invaders’.
Explaining his plans the massacre, the shooter wrote that: ‘To most of all show the invaders that our lands will never be their lands, our homelands are our own and that, as long as a white man still lives, they will NEVER conquer our lands and they will never replace our people.
‘By the definition, then yes. It is a terrorist attack. But I believe it is a partisan action against an occupying force.’
The manifesto reveals in chilling details his grievances, why he picked the mosque and reveals why he was inspired by Norway mass shooter Anders Behring Breivik (pictured)
Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots from his weapons including a semi-automatic shotgun and a rifle at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country’s South Island (Pictured)
Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots and police are responding to the incident at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country’s South Island
A man who escaped the mosque during the shooting said he saw his wife lying dead on the footpath
Witnesses inside the mosque reported seeing 15 people being shot, including children
He also claimed to be inspired by Candace Owens, an outspoken backer of United States president Donald Trump.
‘The person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens, each time she spoke I was stunned by her insights.’
Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots from his weapons including a semi-automatic shotgun and a rifle at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country’s South Island.
The gunman live-streamed the mass shooting inside the Al Noor Mosque, which happened about 1.30pm (11.30am AEDT) as Friday prayers were underway.
A video seen by Daily Mail Australia shows the man firing multiple shots at dozens of people as they try to flee.
A suspect is in custody but it is unclear whether it is the gunman.
Shooters rampage began when he got into his car wearing military-style body armour and a helmet saying ‘let’s get this party started’
After retrieving one of at least six assault rifles stored in his car, he walked up to the front door and began firing at the first person he saw
The woman who knew Tarrant from the local gym said she had not spoken to him or heard him talk about his political or religious beliefs.
‘From the conversations we had about life he didn’t strike me as someone who had any interest in that or extremist views,’ she said.
‘But I know he’s been travelling since he left Grafton. He has been travelling overseas, anywhere and everywhere.
‘I would say it’s something in the nature of his travels, something he’s been around.
‘I know he’s been to lots of different countries trying to experience lots of different things in life and I would say something’s happened in that time in his travels.’