According to the police, Matu Tangi Matua Reid, 24, had a record of domestic violence and was on house arrest.
The tragedy has restored a discussion regarding New Zealand’s increasing crime rate in a nation where assault with a weapon is very uncommon.
Several political groups have run campaigns to increase penalties for criminal offenses regarding the upcoming general election in October.
The gun rules in New Zealand are among the harshest in the entire world.
After the 2019 Christchurch shooting, the country’s bloodiest incident that murdered 51 Muslim lives, the laws were reinforced.
4 years ago, an Australian citizen named Brenton Tarrant assaulted 2 mosques with military-grade semi-automatic firearms while live-streaming the massacre on Facebook.
The utilization of the weapon he fired was forbidden by law a few weeks after the incident.