Mass Shooting

Regional News • Americas • United States
Rochester shooting: Two dead, fourteen wounded, no suspects in custody

Two people died and fourteen were injured during a shooting at a house party in Rochester, NY. Police arrived at the "very chaotic scene" where approx. 100 people were running down the street.

"We could see and observe multiple victims of gunshot wounds at that time," so Acting Rochester Police Chief Mark Simmons, describing the event as a "tragedy of epic proportion".

As of now, no suspects are in custody and it's unclear how many shooters there were.

Regional News • Oceania
Christchurch mosque terrorist sentenced to life without parole
Vigil after the Christchurch mosque shooting, March 2019
Vigil after the Christchurch mosque shooting, March 2019 Credit: Charles Edward Miller from Chicago, United States / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

The Christchurch mosque gunman and far-right terrorist Brenton Tarrant has been sentenced to life without parole in a Christchurch court on Thursday. He pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one charge of terrorism. Tarrant is the first person in New Zealand's history to be convicted of terrorism and to receive life with parole.

"As far as I am able to gauge you are empty of any empathy to your victims," said Justice Cameron Mander. "Your crimes are so wicked that even if you are detained until you die, it will not exhaust the requirements of punishment."

On March 15, 2019, Tarrant opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch, killing 51 Muslim worshipers and injuring 40.

Canada has banned assault weapons following mass shooting in Nova Scotia
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Credit: Goverment of Canada (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Justin Trudeau announced Friday that military-style assault weapons will be banned immediately, prohibiting the sale, transport, import and use of around 1,500 different weapon models.

The ban is the result of a mass shooting that took place in Nova Scotia on April 18 and 19, killing at least 22 people.