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Jamaican narrowly escapes New Zealand mass shooting

Adrian Wright, a Jamaican who was among Muslims at one of the mosques in New Zealand where 49 people were killed
 
A Jamaican who was among Muslims at one of the mosques in New Zealand where 49 people were killed has shared details of the harrowing experience.
 
Adrian Wright, who has been living in New Zealand since 2016, told RJR News how he narrowly escaped from what is the deadliest shooting in New Zealand's history.
 
Mr. Wright was seated in the front row at the mosque participating in Friday morning prayers when he heard explosions. He said himself and other worshippers at first thought it was an electrical issue at the mosque until he "looked over (his) shoulder and saw gunshots tearing up the masjid, just destroying the mosque." 
 
Mr. Wright said he escape through a window, ran to the car park, jumped the fence and "kept jumping walls until I was as far away as I possibly could be." 
 
He said many of his friends - men, women and children - died in the attack. 
 
Mr. Wright is married to a New Zealander.
 
Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern has said the main suspect in the mosque shooting had five guns and a gun licence.
 
Ms Ardern confirmed that the suspect was Australian and will appear in court on Saturday. 
 
She said changes will be made to the country's gun laws.
 
A self-confessed white supremacist, the suspect had live-streamed the rampage at one of the mosques.
 
Two other people are in custody. Their names have not been made public.
 
The identities of the dead and wounded have also not been released.
 
Bangladesh, India and Indonesia all say some of their citizens were killed in the shooting and others are unaccounted for.
 
Security remains tight across Christchurch. 
 
All mosques in New Zealand have been closed.
 
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has described as a horrible tragedy, the attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.
 
Mr. Holness has condemned the deadly shooting, asserting that terrorism has no place in society.
 
A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister said a formal letter has been dispatched to the Prime Minister of New Zealand conveying the Government of Jamaica's deep sympathies.
 


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