Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Saturday the country's national gun laws will change after at least 49 worshippers were shot dead in the two mosques in Christchurch.
The attack has shocked New Zealanders, who are used to seeing around 50 murders a year in the entire country of 4.8 million and pride themselves on living in a secure and welcoming place.
The Muslim Community Center, which operates a mosque on the North Side and schools in Morton Grove and Skokie, said in a statement that it planned to hire extra security patrols and advised its members, "Please be vigilant by keeping your eyes and ears open and being aware of your surroundings".
"He had a big gun. he came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere", said the man, Ahmad Al-Mahmoud. The police also noted that two other people remain in custody.
There are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world.
"They were not a resident of Christchurch".
It has been widely reported that the suspected gunman in the New Zealand massacre took to social media platforms to live stream his attacks.
He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door.
Many of you will have seen that Air New Zealand has cancelled all turboprop flights out of Christchurch tonight and will review the situation in the morning.
India's high commissioner to New Zealand, Sanjiv Kohli, tweeted Saturday that nine Indians were missing and called the attack a "huge crime against humanity".
A licence must be obtained, however New Zealand is one of the few countries where most individual weapons don't have to be registered.
New Zealand Cricket said they had made a decision to cancel the test, which was scheduled to start at Hagley Oval on Saturday, after discussions with the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
She confirmed that the gunman and two suspected associates who were also arrested had not been on the radar of any intelligence agencies, even though he had published a manifesto online indicating plans for attacks on Muslims.
Last year, New Zealand's prime minister announced that the country would boost its annual refugee quota from 1,000 to 1,500 in 2020. At the time this article was published, more than 7,000 people from around the world contributed.
Christchurch is home to almost 400,000 people and is sometimes called the Garden City.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA/CBS) - The Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety says there will be increased patrols at local mosques in response to the shootings in New Zealand.