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Suspected New Zealand shooter appears in court

Brenton Tarrant
Brenton TarrantAP

The suspected white supremacist who slaughtered 49 people in mass shootings at two separate mosques in New Zealand appeared in court in the city of Christchurch and was charged with murder Saturday morning local time, authorities said.

Brenton Tarrant, 28, was hit with just one murder charge, New Zealand Police said, but more charges were expected.

Tarrant allegedly stormed two mosques in Christchurch on Friday afternoon, shooting Muslims who were at the houses of worship.

He killed 41 people at the Al Noor Mosque in the center of the city, then slaughtered seven more at the Linwood Mosque about three miles away, authorities said.

Another victim died at a nearby hospital.

Tarrant live streamed his attack on Facebook and left behind a manifesto, in which he rambled about white supremacy and racism.

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