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March 15, 2019


The death toll stands at 49 after a shooting rampage by a self-proclaimed white supremacist at two mosques during midday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our all-format coverage plans at this hour:


NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING _ At least 49 people are killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers in an attack broadcast in horrifying, live video by an immigrant-hating white nationalist wielding at least two assault rifles and a shotgun. One man has been arrested and charged with murder, and two other armed suspects have been taken into custody. By Nick Perry and Mark Baker. SENT: 1,200 words.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-GUNMAN _ The gunman behind at least one of the mosque shootings in New Zealand that left 49 people dead tried to make a few things clear in a manifesto he wrote: 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. By Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 1,020 words.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTINGS-SOCIAL MEDIA _ Internet companies scramble to remove graphic video filmed by a gunman in the New Zealand mosque shootings that was widely available on social media for hours after the horrific attacks. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 1,000 words.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING VICTIMS _ Initial reports indicate that several of those killed or wounded in the shooting rampage at two New Zealand mosques were from the Middle East or South Asia. SENT: 540 words. Developing.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-ICONOGRAPHY OF ATTACK _ The self-proclaimed racist who attacked a New Zealand mosque during Friday prayers in an assault that killed 49 people used rifles covered in white-supremacist graffiti and listened to a song glorifying a Bosnian Serb war criminal. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 600 words.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-TRUMP _ President Donald Trump sends condolences to the victims of the New Zealand mosque massacre and the White House denounces a “vicious act of hate.” By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 600 words.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-WORLD REACTION _ World leaders express condolences and condemnation. By Mike Corder. SENT: 870 words, photos.

NEW ZEALAND-GUN LAWS _ There are an estimated 1.2 million guns in New Zealand _ roughly one for every four New Zealanders. While that pales in comparison to the United States, the tiny country distinguishes itself as one of the most gun-friendly countries in the world. Still, gun violence there is rare. By Lisa Marie Pane. UPCOMING: 800 words by 6 p.m.

HOUSES-OF-WORSHIP-ATTACKS _ Houses of worship around the world, a place of reflection and peace, have been targeted for attack by extremists. Here are some of the deadly assaults over the last decade. SENT: 870 words.

NEW ZEALAND-BREIVIK _ The manifesto that the presumed New Zealand shooter published is shorter and “more sloppy” than the one written by a Norwegian right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in 2011, but expresses similar sentiments, a Swedish terror expert says. By Jan M. Olsen. SENT: 280 words.

NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTING-BANGLADESH TEAM _ Members of the Bangladesh cricket team arrived by bus at Masjid Al Noor mosque for Friday prayers when they heard gunshots. Had they arrived a few minutes earlier they would have been inside the mosque. By Sports Writer Steve McMorran. SENT: 490 words.


Among notable videos that have moved:

US CAIR NZEALAND REACTION (CR) _ Muslim leader calls out Trump after NZ shooting

US WHITE HOUSE SCHLAPP (CR) _ White House rejects any link to NZ mosque gunman

NZ SHOOTING WITNESSES (CR) _ Mosque shooting witness: ‘He shot all the people’

US WHITE HOUSE BOLTON (CR) _ Bolton: ‘Greatly disturbed’ by NZ terror attack

NEW ZEALAND MOSQUE SHOOTING (CR) _ At least 40 killed in New Zealand mosque shootings


Among notable photos that have moved:

OC117 _ Police officers prepare to search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque, site of one of the mass shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand.

OC112 _ A woman places flowers at a makeshift memorial near the mosque in Christchurch.

OC104 _ Flowers rest at a road block as a police officer stands guard near the Linwood mosque, site of one of the mass shootings.

XMB111 _ People wait outside a mosque in central Christchurch where many died in a mass shooting.

XMB106 _ A man reacts as he speaks on a mobile phone outside one of the mosques where a shooter went on a rampage.

OC101 _ Police gather outside the Linwood mosque.


Among available clips:

V7514 _ President Trump speaks to NZ prime minister, expresses sympathy.

V7504 _ NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at news conference.


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