The suspected New Zealand shooter carefully modeled his attack for the internet age. He live-streamed the massacre and published a manifesto with inside jokes for those fluent in underground internet culture.

The gunman who streamed the attack posted the long, rambling manifesto online using the name Brenton Tarrant. It makes him the latest alleged killer to carry out an attack alongside an appeal to online communities that breed extremism.

During Tarrant’s live-stream he called out a popular internet meme that has become a rallying cry among some internet circles. His manifesto spread quickly on social media site 8chan, a site where people often post violent and hate-filled comments.

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019, following a mass shooting. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019, following a mass shooting. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

His manifesto was full of comments made to appeal to internet trolls.

This frame from video that was livestreamed Friday, March 15, 2019, shows a gunman, who used the name Brenton Tarrant on social media, in a car before the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Shooter's Video via AP)
This frame from video that was livestreamed Friday, March 15, 2019, shows a gunman, who used the name Brenton Tarrant on social media, in a car before the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Shooter’s Video via AP)
This frame from video that was livestreamed Friday, March 15, 2019, shows guns in the car of a gunman who used the name Brenton Tarrant on social media before the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Shooter's Video via AP)
This frame from video that was livestreamed Friday, March 15, 2019, shows guns in the car of a gunman who used the name Brenton Tarrant on social media before the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Shooter’s Video via AP)
In this frame from video that was livestreamed Friday, March 15, 2019, a gunman who used the name Brenton Tarrant on social media reaches for a gun in the back of his car before the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Shooter's Video via AP)
In this frame from video that was livestreamed Friday, March 15, 2019, a gunman who used the name Brenton Tarrant on social media reaches for a gun in the back of his car before the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Shooter’s Video via AP)
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