An unidentified man wrestled a gun from the arms of the person concerned within the terror assault in New Zealand and prevented additional deaths, in accordance with witnesses.
Hours after dozens of individuals have been shot lifeless at two mosques in Christchurch, witnesses described how a younger mosque employee risked his life as he tried to apprehend the gunman.
Survivor Syed Mazharuddin advised the New Zealand Herald that he was praying with about 60 to 70 folks on the Linwood mosque when he heard gunshots.
Individuals started screaming and he “tried to take cowl” because the attacker got here by the doorway, he stated.
“Simply across the entrance door there have been aged folks sitting there praying and he simply began capturing at them.”
Mr Mazharuddin stated the gunman was carrying physique armour and capturing indiscriminately.
“There was a woman screaming ‘assist, assist’ and he shot her level clean within the face,” he stated.
“At simply that second, there was one younger man who often takes care of the mosque and helps with parking and different stuff, so (the person) noticed a possibility and he pounced over to him and grabbed his gun.
“The hero tried to chase and he could not discover the set off within the gun… he ran behind him however there have been folks ready for him within the automotive and he fled.”
Mr Mazharuddin stated considered one of his mates had died on the scene and one other was bleeding closely as he tried to contact emergency companies.
A second witness, Faisal Sayed, additionally described seeing the mosque employee’s heroic actions.
Mr Sayed, who has been dwelling in New Zealand for over 10 years, advised Indian broadcaster NDTV that he had witnessed the person “creep up behind the shooter and maintain him till his gun dropped”.
“If that hadn’t occurred, many extra would have died and I would not be right here now,” he stated.
“Hats off to that man. I’ll positively attempt to look him up.”
He added that considered one of his mates had died of his accidents and one other remains to be in hospital.
:: New Zealand terror assault: Particular programme on Sky Information at 7pm