NZ mass shooting: Mosque hero put his life in danger to save others

March 15, 2019

Syed Mazharuddin talks to media after an attack on Linwood mosque. Picture: New Zealand Herald

A survivor of the mass shooting at the Linwood mosque in New Zealand has revealed how one young man put his life in danger to tackle the gunman and grabbed his weapon.

According to New Zealand Herald, Syed Mazharuddin witnessed the attack inside the mosque. “People were scared and there was screaming around and I tried to take cover.”

The witness recalled that the attacker was wearing protective gear and firing wildly. Then, he saw a man from inside the mosque trying to tackle the gunman.

“The young guy who usually takes care of the mosque… saw an opportunity and pounced on [the gunman] and took his gun,” Mazharuddin narrated.

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The “hero” tried to chase the shooter. “He ran behind him but there were people waiting for him in the car and he fled,” Mazharuddin said.

The witness said that one of his friends died in the attack and another was left bleeding heavily as he tried to contact emergency services.

“I ran out and then the police came and they didn’t let me come back in again so I couldn’t save my friend, he was bleeding heavily,” he told the New Zealand Herald.

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