possession of firearms and police are still trying to understand their involvement, said New Zealand Police Com
missioner Mike Bush. On Friday night local time police tweeted that the pair remain in custody.
Police said a fourth person was arrested Friday but “that was not related to these events.”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that at least one of those arreste
d is Australian. He said the shooting was the work of an “extremist right-wing, violent terrorist.”
Police said they do not believe there are any other suspects but added that it was still an open investigation.
None of the four people arrested had been on any security watch lists prior to the attack.
Attack apparently broadcast live on social media
Authorities said they “will not be discussing the offenders’ possible motivations or the causes of this incident” at this stage.