Pittsburgh Public Safety Increasing Patrols At Mosques In Response To New Zealand Shootings – CBS Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA/CBS) — The Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety says there will be increased patrols at local mosques in response to the shootings in New Zealand.

He said he grew up in a working-class Australian family, had a typical childhood and was a poor student. A woman who said she was a colleague of his when he worked as a personal trainer in the Australian city of Grafton said she was shocked by the allegations against him.Yet the gunman himself highlighted New Zealands remoteness as a reason he chose it. He wrote that an attack in New Zealand would show that no place on earth was safe and that even a country as far away as New Zealand is subject to mass immigration.

At least 49 people were killed and more were injured. One person has been arrested and charged with murder.

The gunman rambled on about the supposed aims for the attack, which included reducing immigration by intimidating immigrants and driving a wedge between NATO and the Turkish people. He also said he hoped to further polarize and destabilize the West, and spark a civil war in the United States that would ultimately result in a separation of races. The attack has had the opposite impact, with condemnation of the bloodshed pouring in from all quarters of the globe, and calls for unity against hatred and violence.

Pittsburgh Public Safety officials say they have been in contact with local Islamic leaders in response to the attack and will be increasing patrols at mosques and other locales.

The gunman used various hate symbols associated with the Nazis and white supremacy. For instance, the number 14 is seen on his rifle, a possible reference to the “14 Words,” a white supremacist slogan attributed in part to Adolf Hitlers “Mein Kampf,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He also used the symbol of the Schwarze Sonne, or black sun, which “has become synonymous with myriad far-right groups who traffic in neo-Nazi,” according to the center.

“The City of Pittsburgh will protect all houses of worship and the right to freely and safely practice your religion without fear,” Public Safety said in a release.

Public Safety says the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police’s Intel Unit will continue to monitor all threats to all city residents and visitors, and work closely with law enforcement agencies at local, state and federal levels.

SYDNEY (AP) — The gunman behind at least one of the mosque shootings in New Zealand that left 49 people dead on Friday tried to make a few things clear in the manifesto he left behind: He is a 28-year-old Australian white nationalist who hates immigrants. He was angry about attacks in Europe that were perpetrated by Muslims. He wanted revenge, and he wanted to create fear.

“Today we stand with the people of Christchurch, New Zealand. We offer our deepest condolences. And we will continue to stand united against all forms of hate,” Public Safety said in a release.

Three months ago, he said, he started planning to target Christchurch. He said he has donated to many nationalist groups, but claimed not to be a direct member of any organization. However, he admitted contacts with an anti-immigration group called the reborn Knights Templar and said he got the approval of Anders Breivik for the attack, a claim that has not been verified.

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Mayor Bill Peduto offered his condolences to Lianne Dalziel, the mayor of Christchurch, on Friday morning.

His victims, he wrote, were chosen because he saw them as invaders who would replace the white race. He predicted he would feel no remorse for their deaths. And in the video he livestreamed of his shooting, no remorse can be seen or heard as he sprays terrified worshippers with bullets again and again, sometimes firing at people he has already cut down.

Law enforcement officials in other cities across the country, including New York and Los Angeles, have also said they are increasing security forces at mosques in response to the shooting.

What a classic example of a “knee-Jerk” reaction! But it makes the official city “minions” happy, and feeling better about themselves. My question is…How much more will this cost the taxpayer, for such a small percentage of the populace to feel “safer?”?

Though he claimed not to covet fame, the gunman — whose name was not immediately released by police — left behind a 74-page document posted on social media under the name Brenton Tarrant in which he said he hoped to survive the attack to better spread his views in the media.

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Forty-nine people were killed in shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, in a terrorist attack that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.

• Officials said that one man in his late 20s had been charged with murder, and that two explosive devices were found attached to a vehicle that they had stopped.

Among his hate-filled statements is a claim that he was motivated toward violence by an episode that occurred in 2017 while he was touring through Western Europe. That was when an Uzbek man drove a truck into a crowd of people in Stockholm, killing five.

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• A Muslim leader in New Zealand said the attack was especially shocking as it took place around Friday Prayer. The police urged people to stay away from the mosques until further notice.

While his manifesto and video were an obvious and contemptuous ploy for infamy, they do contain important clues for a public trying to understand why anyone would target dozens of innocent people who were simply spending an afternoon engaged in prayer.

• A gunman streamed a live video of the attack on Facebook, and he appeared to have posted a manifesto online.

Shots were fired at Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue in the center of the city and at Linwood Mosque, about three miles away, the police said.

“Attacks on peaceful people in their place of worship are abhorrent and will not be tolerated,” Nielsen stressed. “The Department strongly stands with those of all faiths as they seek to worship in peace and we will continue to work with stakeholders to protect the ability of all to worship freely and without fear.”

The countrys police commissioner, Mike Bush, said in an evening news conference that 41 people had been killed at Al Noor Mosque and seven at Linwood Mosque, and that another victim had died at Christchurch Hospital.

“Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives. I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured,” she said. “At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders.”

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David Meates, the chief executive of the Canterbury District Health Board, said that 48 people, including young children, were being treated for injuries at the hospital. He said the injuries included gunshot wounds and ranged from critical to minor.

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday, “My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!”

The police said that four people, including three men and one woman, had been taken into custody. Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia said that one of them was Australian.

“Its something that we never expected to have happen here,” Christchurch MP Gerry Brownlee told “Good Morning America.” “Were a relatively small population, and while we are ethnically quite diverse, we live very peaceable lives. And this, as many have seen, has shattered our innocence.”

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Mr. Bush said that a man in his late 20s had been charged with murder and would appear in Christchurch court on Saturday morning. A number of firearms were recovered from the scenes of the shootings, he said.

Of the three others who were detained, the police commissioner said that one might have had nothing to do with the attack and that the police were working to determine how the other two might have been involved.

My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!

Two explosive devices were found on one vehicle, Mr. Bush said, adding that the police had defused one and were in the process of defusing the other.

“New Zealand is a place where people have felt very secure and very free,” he added, “and this certainly has shaken that belief up today, and weve got to make sure we dont end up with a permanent loss of the freedom that we so value.”

Mr. Bush had earlier urged people not to go to mosques anywhere in New Zealand on Friday. He also urged mosques nationally to close your doors until you hear from us again.

Brownlee, who said he lives a short distance from one of the shooting sites, said, “Almost everyone will know someone or have a connection with the families of someone who has been either killed or seriously wounded today.”

The clip, which may have been taken from a helmet camera worn by a gunman, begins behind the wheel of a car. A man, whose face can occasionally be seen in the rearview mirror, drives through the streets of Christchurch before pulling up in front of Al Noor Mosque, beside the sprawling Hagley Park.

A live video posted to social media appeared to show the attack at Al Noor Mosque, where 41 people were killed. The clip appeared to have been taken from a camera worn by a gunman.

Arden made reference to the nationalities of the victims, saying, “Many of those directly involved might be immigrants, refugees who chose to be here. They are us. The person who has done this, is not.”

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He approaches the mosque on foot, his weapon visible, and begins shooting at people at the entrance. What follows is a harrowing nearly two minutes of his firing on worshipers.

A shooter also opened fire in the surrounding area outside of the mosques. Police said they recovered two improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles in the area, but they were rendered safe.

At one point the gunman exits the mosque and fires in both directions down the sidewalk before returning to his car for another gun — which, like the others, was inscribed with numbers, symbols or messages. When he re-enters the mosque, he shoots several bodies at close range.

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There wasnt even time to aim, there was so many targets, he says at one point, as the sirens of an emergency response vehicle blare in the background.

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Before the shooting, someone appearing to be the gunman posted links to a white nationalist manifesto on Twitter and 8chan, an online forum known for extremist right-wing discussions. The 8chan post included a link to what appeared to be the gunmans Facebook page, where he said he would also broadcast live video of the attack.

Writer Iskra Khan shared an extensive Facebook post on how best to support Muslim people and communities who are processing the news; her posts includes two verified donation links. One is for money that will go to the NZIIC – New Zealand Islamic Information Centre. In their campaign, they write:

The Twitter posts showed weapons covered in the names of past military generals and men who have recently carried out mass shootings.

In his manifesto, he identified himself as a 28-year-old man born in Australia and listed his white nationalist heroes.

A page was also set up by the New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups on New Zealands crowd funding site Give A Little, but likely because of the traffic for Christchurch, the site is experiencing technical issues:

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Writing that he had purposely used guns to stir discord in the United States over the Second Amendments provision on the right to bear arms, he also declared himself a fascist. For once, the person that will be called a fascist, is an actual fascist, he wrote.

This is to offer a simple help from the community around New Zealand to support the affected families. It is a very tragic situation in Christchurch. Many of our beloved brothers and sisters were martyred.

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I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person, Mr. Kjellberg, a Swede, said on Twitter.

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Over the last 18 months, tech companies have promised stronger safeguards to ensure that violent content is not distributed through their sites. But those new safeguards were not enough to stop the posting of a video and manifesto believed related to Fridays shooting.

Al Manar Charity TrustThe Spinoff reports that The Al Manar Charity Trust is also accepting donations; their site reads:

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A 17-minute video that included graphic footage apparently of the shooting could be found on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram more than an hour after being posted. While Facebook and Twitter took down pages thought to be linked to the gunman, the posted content was spread rapidly through other accounts.

If theres a lesson here, its to make sure you know what the children and teenagers in your life are watching. If you have a child, or a niece or nephew, thats into videogames, keep an eye on what theyre watching on YouTube. You cant trust tech companies or their algorithms to have the best interests of you and your family—or even society at large—at heart; in fact, you should openly not trust them, at this point. You might think your kids are just watching some goofy clown make silly voices while playing videogames, and then miss the moment when that clown tells them to go follow a neo-Nazi. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and the like have already proven, time and again, that theyre unwilling to adequately screen their platforms, so it becomes our responsibility, as adults, to make sure impressionable minds arent being seduced by destructive and hateful ideologies. You clearly cant trust PewDiePie or YouTube to do that for you.

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In order to evade detection, people appeared to be cropping the video or posting the text of the manifesto as an image — techniques used to evade automated systems that find and delete content.

Again: were not saying PewDiePie inspired this Islamophobic mass murder. PewDiePies own actions, though, have made it possible for people who might be white supremacists or neo-Nazis to view him as a sympathizer. Just three months ago PewDiePie directed his millions of followers to a YouTube account that proudly espouses white supremacy—an account that praised Hitler and mocked the murder of Heather Heyer by a neo-Nazi in Charlottesville in 2017. PewDiePie, one of the most popular and influential YouTubers of all time, with a massive following among young and impressionable viewers, has committed multiple incidents of mainstreaming various forms of racism and prejudice. If a single PewDiePie fan followed his recommendation to that neo-Nazis videos and developed hateful and bigoted thoughts, its too many, and PewDiePie would be to blame.

Social media companies have heavily invested in those systems, with Facebook reporting last year that more than 99 percent of terrorism content by the Islamic State and Al Qaeda was found and removed through artificial intelligence.

There was a mass shooting targeting Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, today. According to New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush, multiple victims have died at two mosques in the South Island city. The Otago Daily Times, a newspaper based in Dunedin, New Zealand, reports that there are at least 27 victims, and that three men and one woman are in custody. A manifesto credited to one of the shooters was posted to the largely unregulated message board 8chan, a site known for hate speech and conspiracy-mongering that has had multiple scandals involving child pornography and swatting. That manifesto credits Donald Trump and Candace Owens as inspirations for the shooting. One of the shooters also livestreamed at least part of the massacre on social media, and thats where PewDiePie enters into the picture.

A Facebook spokeswoman offered condolences to the victims and said the company was removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as were aware.

That manifesto might be bullshit. There hasnt been conclusive proof yet that whoever posted it is actually connected to the horrible crimes in Christchurch. Conservatives and supporters of Trump and Owens are already downplaying the manifesto, saying its clearly a disingenuous attempt to further divide people and encourage the race war thats mentioned elsewhere throughout its dozens of pages. Even if that was the intent of whoever wrote this manifesto, youd have to be ignorant of Trumps years of blatant racism and Owens tweets about declining European birth rights to believe they couldnt possibly ever influence Islamophobia. Again, though, the manifesto hasnt been definitively linked to any of the shooters (assuming there are more than one of them).

YouTube said it had taken down thousands of videos related to the shooting, and asked users to help flag videos. A spokeswoman for Reddit said it was also trying to remove any content containing links to the video stream or the manifesto.

Still, the tech companies were sharply criticized by Senator Cory Booker, a Democratic candidate for president, who said in New Hampshire on Friday that it was unacceptable for the companies to give a platform to hate.

Perhaps the Christchurch shooter mentioned PewDiePie as a joke. Maybe he was trolling. Maybe it was a cynical attempt to radicalize PewDiePie fans who will defend their favorite YouTuber from any accusation of wrong-doing. Whatever the intent, the only reason PewDiePie could even be credibly mentioned in such a context is because of PewDiePies own actions and poor decisions.

It should have never happened, he said. And it should have been taken down a lot more swiftly. The mechanisms should be in place to allow these companies to do that.

The PewDiePie reference, though, is indisputable. A shooter name-drops the massively popular gaming YouTuber, and then proceeds to massacre a mosque full of regular people trying to worship in peace. You can see and hear it for yourself, although we strongly discourage you from seeking it out.

Nasreen Hanif, a spokeswoman for the Islamic Womens Council of New Zealand, said that little news was coming through about whether friends and relatives in Christchurch were safe, and that the countrys Muslims were anxious for updates.

Nobodys answering their phones, she said. We dont know if theyre at the hospital or out of reach. Some have posted that they are safe, but others have not.

[For Muslims in New Zealand and abroad, the massacre has drawn outrage as a brazen act of hatred borne of anti-Muslim sentiment.]

Ms. Hanif said the two mosques in Christchurch had asked for help from the rest of New Zealands Muslims to arrange the 49 funerals they would need to plan.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said that three Turkish citizens were wounded in the attack; the Palestine Liberation Organizations ambassador to New Zealand said at least one Palestinian was killed; and the group Syrian Solidarity New Zealand said on its Facebook page that Syrian refugees, including children, have been shot today.

A site managed by the International Committee of the Red Cross listed dozens of people who had been recorded as missing, including people from Egypt, Syria, India, Kuwait, Jordan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia.

Senator Fraser Anning, a member of the conservative Katters Australian Party, has drawn condemnation at home and abroad for linking the attack to Muslim immigration.

Rebukes quickly followed from the highest levels of government in Australia and abroad. The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Twitter. Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament.

Sajid Javid, the British home secretary, said that Mr. Anning had fanned the flames of violence & extremism. Australians will be utterly ashamed of this racist man.

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Mr. Anning drew similar opprobrium last year for invoking a Nazi euphemism during a speech in Parliament, calling for a final solution to the immigration problem.

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What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence, the prime minister said at a news conference in New Plymouth, describing the shooting as an act that has absolutely no place in New Zealand.

Many of those affected may be migrants to New Zealand — they may even be refugees here, Ms. Ardern said of the victims. They are one of us. The person who has perpetrated these acts is not.

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Ibrar Sheikh, the secretary of the Al Mustafa Jamia Masjid in south Auckland, described the two mosques targeted in Christchurch as a United Nations of ethnicities.

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Queen Elizabeth II of Britain sent her condolences to New Zealand, which is a member of the Commonwealth. At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders, she said in a statement released on Friday.

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The White House also conveyed its condolences in a statement from President Trumps press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch, she said.

Members of the Bangladesh national cricket team, in Christchurch for a match against New Zealand, were on their way to Al Noor Mosque for Friday Prayer when the shooting began. They narrowly missed it.

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Mohammad Isam, a journalist covering the team, reported for ESPN that at 1:52 p.m. he got a call from Tamim Iqbal Khan, one of the players.

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Theres shooting here, please save us, Mr. Khan said, according to Mr. Isam. At first, he thought it was a prank.

But he hangs up and calls again — this time, his voice starts to crack, Mr. Isam wrote. He says that I should call the police as theres a shooting going on inside the mosque where they are about to enter.

Mr. Isam ran toward the mosque and saw bloodied and dazed people fleeing. In the chaos, he managed to find several players, and they eventually reconvened at the hotel. The team manager, Khaled Mashud, told reporters that players were about 50 yards from the mosque.

Had we reached even three or four minutes earlier, we probably would have been inside the mosque, he said.

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Entire team got saved from active shooters, Mr. Khan wrote on Twitter. Another player, Mushfiqur Rahim, tweeted that he never wanted to see this things happen again.

Aman Singh, who works at a convenience store close to the Deans Avenue mosque, said he had heard the gunshots on Friday afternoon, and that shortly afterward people streamed past the shop, bloody and crying.

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My really good friend goes there, he said, adding that he had not been able to confirm the friends whereabouts on Friday afternoon.

He said they would be unlikely to be able to return home soon, as their street was cordoned off because it was close to the Linwood Mosque that was also attacked.

Murders are rare in New Zealand, and gun homicides even rarer. There were 35 murders countrywide in 2017. And since 2007, gun homicides have been in the single digits each year except 2009, when there were 11.

There were 1.2 million registered firearms in the country of 4.6 million people in 2017, according to the Small Arms Survey, a Swiss nonprofit.

New Zealand law allows any person aged 16 or older with an entry-level firearm license to keep any number of common rifles and shotguns, according to GunPolicy.org, a project hosted by the University of Sydney. Most guns can be purchased without being tracked by law enforcement officials.

New Zealand is almost alone with the United States in not registering 96 percent of its firearms said Philip Alpers of GunPolicy.org. There are huge gaps in New Zealand law even if some of its laws are strong.

It remains unclear what weapons were used in the Christchurch attack, or how and where they were acquired.

A mass shooting in Aramoana, New Zealand, in 1990 — when a man killed 13 people, including two 6-year-olds, after a dispute with his neighbor — led directly to tightened gun laws, including restrictions on military-style semiautomatic weapons.

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Mr. Alpers said that semiautomatic weapons, for instance, require a special license, and can be bought only one at a time.

Reporting was contributed by Charlotte Graham-McLay from Wellington, New Zealand; Megan Specia and Jason Bailey from New York; Daniel Victor and Tiffany May from Hong Kong; Damien Cave from Sydney, Australia; and Sheera Frenkel from San Francisco.


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