An emotional Morrison offered his sympathies to Kiwis.
“We are not just allies, we are not just partners, we are family,” he said. New Zealand police said they had detained three men and one woman after attacks on two Christchurch mosques, but they have not provided their identities.
“It is such a sad and devastating reminder of the evil that can be ever present about us,” Morrison said of the attacks.
The attack on worshippers involved a fleet of rifles and cars containing improvised explosive devices.
The live video showed the attacker firing at worshippers with his semi-automatic weapon as they gathered for Friday prayers at the Masjid Al Noor mosque.
This gunman was confirmed to be 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant.
Ahead of executing his plan, Brenton wrote a 37-page manifesto declaring his evil intentions.
The manifesto was titled “The Great Replacement” and was posted on a message board website.
In his manifesto, Brenton described himself as “Just an ordinary White man, 28 years old. Born in Australia to a working class, low-income family.”
Explaining why he carried out the attacks, he said ”it was to avenge thousands of deaths caused by foreign invaders”.
The shooter stated that he had planned the attack for two years and had a location lined up three months before the attack today.
He then went on to describe himself as an “eco-fascist”. “I was a communist, then an anarchist and finally a libertarian before becoming an eco-fascist,” he wrote in the 37-page document.
While he also made a bizarre reference to Spyro the Dragon, a PlayStation game, which taught him ”ethno-nationalism”, he also claimed to have had a brief contact with Anders Breivik, who was a far-right terrorist who killed 69 members of a youth league summer camp on the Norwegian island of Utoya in 2011.
In a chilling post on a social media forum posted last night, the ring leader stated, “I will carry out an attack against the invaders and even live stream the attack via Facebook.”