REVEALED: Police could have arrested alleged Christchurch gunman minutes earlier and saved eight lives if not for a chance run-in with a BUS – as the exact ‘timeline of terror’ is released
- A bus passed at the exact moment Australian Brenton Tarrant allegedly drove away from the Al-Noor mosque
- Officers were unaware the suspect was just metres away and leaving the scene to continue the attack
- White supremacist Tarrant slipped away and allegedly drove across town to the Linwood mosque
- There he allegedly slaughtered eight more Muslims, bringing the death toll of the March 15 attack to 50
New Zealand Police missed a chance to arrest the alleged Christchurch terrorist before he attacked the second mosque, a new timeline of the atrocity reveals.
A bus passed at the exact moment Australian Brenton Tarrant allegedly drove away from the Al-Noor mosque, blocking officers’ view of him as they arrived on scene.
The officers, unaware the suspect was just metres away and leaving continue the attack, rushed to help horrifically wounded victims outside the mosque.
White supremacist Tarrant slipped away and drove across town to the Linwood mosque where he allegedly slaughtered eight more Muslims, bringing the death toll of the March 15 terror attack to 50.
A new police timeline, released on Wednesday, shows what happened in the 18 minutes of chaos between police receiving a call and making an arrest.
New Zealand Police missed a chance to arrest the alleged Christchurch terrorist before he attacked a second mosque, a new timeline of the attack reveals
At 13.40 an email which has the manifesto as an attachment is received by a range of people including Parliamentary Services.
At 13.40.44 Parliamentary Services calls police in a conversation about the manifesto that lasted for 12 minutes.
While police staff were talking to Parliamentary Services, the attack at Al Noor Mosque was already under way, having begun 44 seconds prior to Parliamentary Services calling.
One minute later at 13.41 Police receive the first 111 call.
By 13.43 all available units are en-route to Al Noor Mosque.
Armed Offenders Squad members are the first to arrive near the scene at 13.46.
They exit their vehicle, start approaching the mosque and one member stops to assist a critically wounded victim.
Two local New Zealand police officers drag accused Christchurch terrorist Brenton Tarrant along a footpath as they arrest him
At this point the alleged offender is leaving the area, and his vehicle is obscured from the view of officers members by a bus.
At this time there is no vehicle description, no information an offender has left the mosque, or how many shooters there are.
First responders arrive at the Al Noor Mosque at approximately 13.51.
It takes the alleged offender six minutes to get to Linwood Mosque and he is there for three minutes, leaving at 13.55.
At 13.56 police receive information that shots have been fired at the Christchurch Emergency Department.
It later transpires that no shots had been fired at the hospital.
Sixteen seconds later at 13.56 a member of the public flags down a police car to advise shots have been fired in Linwood.
The man charged in relation to the Christchurch massacre, Brenton Tarrant, gestures in the dock for his appearance for murder in the Christchurch District Court on March 16, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand
At 13.57 the vehicle is seen by a police unit on Brougham Street and a pursuit is initiated.
The vehicle is stopped at 13.59 and the offender is apprehended. At 13.59 police also arrive at the Linwood Mosque.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the police response was rapid and he was proud of officers who did their job so well.
‘There are 18 minutes from the time of the first call to 111 to the apprehension of the offender,’ he said.
‘I reaffirm my previous comments that police staff acted as quickly as humanly possible given the rapidly unfolding nature of the event, and the information available to us in that very brief period of time.’
He added: ‘I remain incredibly proud of the staff who responded on March 15 and I continue to receive praise and admiration from people both here and overseas for the actions of staff both on the day and in the weeks following.’
Timeline of terror: The Christchurch massacre
13.40: Politicians call police saying they have received the killer’s manifesto
13.41: Police get the first 111 call from Al-Noor Mosque
13.43: Officers rush to Al-Noor Mosque
13:46: Police arrive. They exit their vehicle, approach the mosque. One member stops to assist a critically wounded victim
13:46: Suspect is leaving the area, and his vehicle is obscured from the view of these officers by a bus
13.51: Medics arrive at the Al-Noor Mosque
13.52: Alleged offender arrives at Linwood Mosque
13.55: Alleged offender leaves Linwood Mosque
13.56: Member of the public flags down a police car, saying shots have been fired in Linwood
13.57: Suspect’s vehicle is seen by a police unit on Brougham Street and police chase
13.59: The vehicle is stopped and the alleged offender is apprehended