Former Bathurst-area man drove past site of New Zealand mosque shooting almost daily

A former Bathurst-area man now living in New Zealand worries that incidents like the recent shootings at a pair of Christchurch mosques are becoming the norm.

Kevin Imhoff tells the Max 104.9 news room that he still hears sirens and helicopters flying over the city and that he drives past one of the mosques almost daily.

Imhoff says he's sure Muslims around the world are hurting and that it's difficult to believe such a massacre could happen in Christchuch, a community he says has a population of approximately 375,000 citizens.

New Zealand authorities say it appears as though migrants were the target of the two shootings, which left almost 50 dead and more than 20 injured.

The Canadian Press reports three men and a woman have been taken into custody and that one of them has been charged with murder.

Though many of those affected by the shootings may be migrants or refugees, the country's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, says ``they have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home. They are us.'' 

(with files form the Canadian Press)