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‘A river of blood’: First responders describe day of New Zealand shootings

‘A river of blood’: First responders describe day of New Zealand shootings

“There was a river of blood.” A first responder to the New Zealand shootings held back tears as he described what he saw at the Christchurch mosques.

The man accused of a shooting rampage that left 50 people dead at two New Zealand mosques has fired his lawyer and wants to represent himself at trial, the court-appointed lawyer said.

Richard Peters was assigned to represent Brenton Tarrant at Tarrant’s brief court hearing Saturday. Tarrant fired Peters and may want to use the trial to give more publicity to his views, Peters told the New Zealand Herald.

Peters said the trial judge must decide how much racist rhetoric will be allowed. Tarrant released a manifesto minutes before Friday’s attack.

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