The majority of those killed were at the Masjid Al-Noor, a mosque on Deans Avenue in the central part of Christchurch, with the shooting occurring around 1:45 p.m. local time. A second shooting at the Linwood Mosque, about 3 miles away, left seven people dead there.
One person died in Christchurch hospital last night and staff are treating 42 patients, ranging from young children to adults, with gunshot wounds.
The manifesto also included a single reference to US President Donald Trump in which the author asked and answered the question of whether he was a Trump supporter: "As a symbol of renewed white identity and common objective?"
Leaders around the world expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks, with some deploring the demonisation of Muslims. "You don't think something like this can happen in New Zealand, in Christchurch of all places with such a small community, kind and loving".
In the aftermath, the country's threat level was raised from low to high, police warned Muslims against going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand, and the national airline cancelled several flights in and out of Christchurch, a city of almost 400,000.
A website set up for victims had raised more than $684,000 in less than a day, and social media was flooded with messages of shock, sympathy and solidarity. "There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence", Ardern said. "No. Peace and love will triumph".
Condemning the terror strike, Ardern had described it as a "terror attack" and said it "appears to have been well planned".
Many, such as the alt-right, are hidden in plain sight, with their proponents given a platform on social media websites - including Facebook, on which one of the terrorists in New Zealand live-streamed his rampage - as well as mainstream Western news outlets.
He also reached out to the Muslim community in Christchurch and in New Zealand.
Service at a mosque in Gibsonia
"I want to send our condolences to those impacted by the heinous attacks in New Zealand", Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said in a statement released Friday. He said he has contempt for the wealthiest one percent.
"Our prayers are with the families of the deceased, the injured and all others impacted by this tragedy. We couldn't do anything for our brothers". Malaysia said two of its citizens were hospitalized, and the Saudi Embassy in Wellington said two Saudis were wounded.
"We were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism, because we are an enclave for extremism", Ardern said during a news conference in Wellington.
Christchurch hospital's chief of surgery, Dr Greg Robertson, said numerous victims would require multiple surgeries.
"Any loss of life at the hands of extremists regardless of religion, race or colour should be condemned in the strongest of terms".
"I'm also in the same building as the people bringing him to justice", she said.
New Zealand authorities are working quickly to move all the bodies out of the mosques and through the coroner's office so they can be returned to their loved ones.
Gardee said there is heightened anxiety in the Muslim community. Heba told the Dubai-based news outlet that she lost five family friends, including a 12-year-old boy, in the attack.
There are about 1.5 million privately owned firearms in New Zealand, according to the most recent from 2017 data by GunPolicy.org, a global database compiled by the University of Sydney.