Death toll rises to 50 in New Zealand mosque shooting

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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (CNN) – The staggering death toll from the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques has climbed to 50, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.

The body of the 50th victim was discovered at the al Noor mosque, where most victims were killed, when officials were removing the victims’ bodies on Saturday, Bush told reporters on Sunday.

The victims’ names were not made public. While a preliminary list of the victims has been shared with families, Bush said their bodies have not yet been released.

The number of injured also increased to 50. Of those injured, 36 remain in the hospital and two are in critical condition, he said.

Two days after the shooting gripped the country, Brenton Harris Tarrant, 28, appears to be the only person in custody that has been linked to the attack.

Three other people who were initially detained were not involved in the shootings, Bush said, and authorities are not ruling out the possibility of other suspects.

“I will not be saying anything conclusive until we are absolutely convinced as to how many people were involved, but we hope to be able to give that advice over the next few days,” the police commissioner said.

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