Two Muslim organizations in the Chicago area said they were stepping up patrols and other security measures Friday after a mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand killed at least 49 people and wounded dozens more, but Chicago police said they were not aware of any local threats.
Law enforcement officials in other cities across the country, including NY and Los Angeles, have also said they are increasing security forces at mosques in response to the shooting.
On a bunch of pink lilies one family had written a card to "our Muslim brothers and sisters".
"At first, we hide behind the cars and you know under the auto, then when we see the the fighting [shooting] is still on we try to jump the fence".
Residents pay respects by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks at the Botanical Garden in Christchurch on March 16, 2019. Funerals were planned on Saturday for some of the victims, several of whom were born overseas.
The former fitness instructor and self-professed fascist occasionally turned to look at media present in court during the brief hearing that was held behind closed doors for security reasons.
He was going to the mosque himself but was running 10 minutes late. He said a number of home-made bombs were found attached to vehicles that police stopped.
Ardern described the spree killing as a terrorist attack and said the shooter - who was not on any watchlist and did not have a criminal record - had legally purchased the two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and lever-action gun he used.
Members of the media wait outside the district court building as Brenton Tarrant appears in court.
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His brother Omar Nabi also spoke to media outside the court.
We were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone racism, because we are en enclave for extremism. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. "There's not many words that I can put to what has happened here because it's so calm and relaxed", he said. "This is your home and you should have been safe here" the caption read.
"I was just praying to God and hoping our God, please, let this guy stop". "God bless you all".
A Palestinian man who was in one of the mosques said he saw someone being shot. "And I'm getting sick and exhausted of that particular scenario playing itself out over and over again, where they keep silent when one of their people do something, but when... whenever they're able to gain a sort of political capital for themselves, all of a sudden they're chatty".
"Then people started running out".
Toronto police would not confirm any specific steps they are taking but said they are making "appropriate adjustments to our plans in order to mitigate the potential risks to public safety".
"Today our focus is very much on providing practical support to families". Now is the time for change, ' Ms Ardern said at the press conference.
"We want to work together with those communities to make sure that we do this appropriately ... and give them the time and the space that they need to deal with the immediate issues at hand. Because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion, a home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it and those values, I can assure you, will not and cannot be shaken by this attack".