New Zealand shooting: Survivor recounts confronting suspected shooter

New Zealand shooting: Survivor recounts confronting suspected shooter

Abdul Aziz, survivor of mosque shooting speaks to Associated Press during an interview in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019.

At least 49 people were killed after Tarrant allegedly attacked two mosques in the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand since 1983.

A story of true heroism is emerging from the horrific terror attacks on innocent Muslims in New Zealand.

Aziz said he charged at the shooter outside the Linwood mosque when someone shouted that a gunman had opened fire. He said "I just wanted to scare him so that he doesn't come inside, but unfortunately, he did come in".

While speaking to the CNN, Abdul Aziz stated that to distract the gunman from the mosque, he threw the credit card reader.

The gunman began shooting at Mr Aziz, but he managed to dodge between cars parked outside the mosque.

Aziz said the man ran back to his vehicle to possibly pick up another firearm.

Tarrant ran back to his vehicle and got another gun and Aziz said he threw the credit card machine at him as he ducked between cars.

The windshield shattered: "That's why he got scared".

People gather at a memorial to pay tribute to victims of the mosque attacks outside Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 16, 2019. Additional charges are expected. The gunman had already killed dozens at the Al Noor mosque nearby, and on the streets.

He added that one of his friends had died of his injuries and another is still in hospital.

But Aziz remained humble and said he thinks it's what anyone would have done while in such danger, while Latef Alabi, the Linwood mosque's acting imam, said more people would have died if not for Aziz's actions.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has said that gun laws will be reformed after the attacks, as legislation allowed the suspect the legally obtain a semi-automatic weapon.

He saw a man wearing black military-style gear and a helmet holding a large gun, and assumed it was a police officer. At first, the imam thought he was a police officer but then saw two bodies and heard the man shouting obscenities.

"I realized this is something else. This is a killer", he said.

Mr Aziz then heard one of his sons call out: "Daddy, please come back inside!" "Otherwise, if he managed to come into the mosque, then we would all probably be gone".

"The young guy who usually takes care of the mosque he saw an opportunity and pounced on him (the gunman) and grabbed his gun", Mazharuddin said.

"The whole driveway was fully parked so I thought someone had hit someone's vehicle and they there fighting outside, I never thought it was a gunshot", Alam said.

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