49 people are dead and 20 injured in two separate shootings, one which was reportedly livestreamed and mentioned YouTube star PewDiePie.
At least 49 people are dead and 20 injured after mass shootings at two different mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday afternoon local time.
As the story developed throughout the night on Thursday in America, there were outpourings of support from many in Hollywood, politics and more, while still many others are awakening Friday morning to the full scope of the tragedy, as it currently stands.
Fours suspects have been detained, with one being charged with murder. A 28-year-old man has claimed responsibility for the shootings, leaving an anti-immigrant manifesto that mentions white nationalist heroes and famous names like controversial YouTube star PewDiePie and pro-Trump activist Candace Owens.
An apparent livestream of the shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque during Friday prayers was recorded and posted to several social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, showing the man arming himself and entering the mosque where he began shooting. Before firing, he said, "Remember lads, subscribe to PewDiePie!"
Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie responded quickly, condemning the attacks and expressing that he was sickened to have been named by the shooter, while Owens took a decidedly more offensive approach, going on the offensive and then plugging her upcoming show.
The manifesto itself seems designed to go viral and keep itself circulating. Aside from mentioning the most-subscribed YouTuber — who has a problematic history with anti-Semitism — it also mentions Fortnite and Spyro the Dragon. It also mentions other white supremacist killers.
Authorities in New Zealand have not released the names of any of the detained individuals, three men and one woman, but have identified one as Australian. The manifesto’s author claims to be an Australian white nationalist.
Check out some of the early responses to this developing story below:
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