A total of three people were detained in the wake of the attack, including the 28-year-old suspected shooter, Australian national Brenton Harrison Tarrant. At one point he gazed around at the courtroom, which was packed with media. Tarrant did not apply for bail, and per ABC News reports, did not apply to have his name suppressed.
According to the police, 41 people were killed at Al Noor mosque and seven at Linwood mosque while one injured died in a hospital. Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after a devastating quake in 2011 that killed nearly 200 people.
The Christchurch attacker could have killed even more people as he was on the move at the time of his arrest, and had more firearms in his auto, New Zealand's PM said, praising police who responded to the call in just 36 minutes. The man burst into the mosque as worshippers were kneeling for prayers.
Tarrant has been described as a suspected white supremacist, based on his social media activity.
"However, police have increased patrols and senior officers have also reached out to community and religious leaders across the state to provide support and reassurance", a spokesman of the NSW Police said.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Saturday that weapons used in an attack in Christchurch, NZ appeared to have been modified. "I will keep watch while you pray".
The First Daughter - who also works as an Advisor to POTUS on job creation + economic empowerment, workforce development & entrepreneurship - addressed the killing in Christchurch earlier that day in a social media post.
"This isn't about cricket", New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said when discussing the cancellations in his sport.
Hungry for any news, families and friends of the victims gathered at the city's Hagley College, near the hospital.
A Saudi man, Mohsin Al-Mozaini was among the dead, AlArabiya reported.
During the Saturday morning hearing, a man who was not in court was charged with using writings to incite hatred against a race or ethnicity, but it was not clear if his case was related to the mosque attacks.
While Ivanka attempted to show solidarity with those who follow Islam, labelled the shooter "evil", and looked at the killings from a more personal angle with consideration for loved ones affected, her father appeared to take a step back in his exclamation. At least two Jordanian citizens were killed and five others wounded in the shootings, the country's Foreign Ministry said.
"The people we serve, in every neighborhood, must always be free from fear and have the immutable right to worship and live in peace".
Christchurch is a city of about 400,000 residents, still recovering from a massive quake in 2011 that killed 187 people.