A daring dad, Abdul Aziz, 48, has prevented further deaths when he confronted the terrorist screaming at him to “come outside” and grabbed an abandoned gun as victims lay dead
Mr. Aziz has told of his actions and his encounter with the terrorist, saying he was inside the mosque with his four children when her heard gunshots, but instead of running away he decided to run towards danger.
As people ran for their lives, Mr Aziz, 48, confronted the gunman as worshippers lay dead, picked up one of his abandoned guns and chased him away while being shot at.
Mr. Aziz, who escaped unharmed, told Newshub: “He got another gun on his hand and turned it on me and started shooting at me, and I just ducked between the cars and run.
“I wanted him to chase me in the car park as it would save more people in the masjid, but he didn’t see me probably.
“I went in the back and when I was running in the back I saw another dead body there and a gun was lying there, and I just grabbed the gun… I saw more shots coming through the masjid, and I started screaming ‘I’m outside, come outside’.”
The courageous father said he tried to fire at the shooter, but nothing happened when he pulled the trigger.
Mr. Aziz told Sky News the gunman ran back to his car a second time, likely to retrieve another firearm, so he threw the gun at the vehicle “like an arrow”, smashing its windscreen.
The white supremacist gunman, who was inside the car, “got scared”, he added.
Mr Aziz said: “He gets into his car and I just got the gun and threw it on his window like an arrow and blasted his window.
“That’s why he got scared.”
The killer gave him the middle finger and said “you’re f***ing all dead”, Mr Aziz told Newshub.
The gunman then drove off – with Mr. Aziz running after the vehicle down the street and was arrested by two police officers a short time later.
Police believe he was on his way to carry out further attacks when he was stopped.
Mr. Aziz, originally from Afghanistan, said he was detained when police arrived at Linwood mosque, as officers mistakenly thought he may have been a suspect.
Police released him when they realized he was not an attacker, he said.
Mr Aziz said the killer is a “coward” for killing innocent people, and he didn’t think twice about putting his own life at risk to save others.
He added: “At the end of the day we’re all going to die anyway.”
The shootings targeted innocent Muslim worshippers who had gathered for Friday prayers.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised stricter gun laws, telling reporters the mosque attacker was a licensed gun owner.
Five firearms were used during the rampage, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns, she said.