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Death toll in New Zealand mosque shootings rises to 50, police commissioner says

Posted at 3:54 PM, Mar 16, 2019

The death toll from the mosque shootings in New Zealand is now 50, New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush said Saturday.

The primary suspect behind the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, appeared in court Saturday morning.

Brenton Tarrant was charged with murder and is set to make another court appearance in early April. He didn't enter a plea, but made a white supremacist hand gesture, according to CNN .

The two attacks killed at least 50 people and wounded dozens more. The suspect reportedly sent a white nationalist manifesto to the Prime Minister, lawmakers and media moments before the shooting began.

Additional reporting from Newsy.