Christchurch, New Zealand – When the shooter approached the mosque, killing people on his way, Abdul Aziz was not hiding. Instead he took the first thing he could find – a credit card machine – and ran out, yelling, "Come here!"
48-year-old Aziz was hailed as a hero to prevent more deaths during Friday prayers at Lynwood's mosque in Christchurch after leading the shooter in pursuit of a cat and a mouse before scaring him to jump into the car yours.
But Aziz, whose four sons and dozens of others stayed in the mosque while he faced the shooter, said he thought he would have done it.
The shooter killed 49 people after attacking two mosques in the most deadlyin modern New Zealand's history. He is believed to have killed 41
Latef Alabby, the immune function of the Lynwood mosque, said the number of victims would be much higher in Linnuud's mosque if it were not Aziz. Alabby said he heard a voice out of the mosque at about 13:55. and stopped the prayer that he led, and peered through the window. He saw a man with black military equipment and a helmet with a big pistol and assumed he was a police officer. Then he saw two bodies and heard the shooter scream indecently. "I understand this is something else, it's a killer," he said. He summoned at the meeting of more than 80 to come down. They hesitated. A shot rang, a broken window and a body fell, and people began to realize that it was real. "Then this brother came in. He went after him, and he managed to overcome him, and so we were saved," Alaby said, referring to Aziz. "Otherwise, if he can get into the mosque, we'll probably all go.
Aziz said that when he ran out, screaming, he hoped to distract the assailant. He said the shooter ran back to his car to get another pistol, and Aziz threw the credit card machine to him. He said he could hear his two youngest sons, aged 11 and 5, urge him to come back inside. The shooter returned, firing. Aziz said he ran, weaving through the cars parked in the driveway, which prevented the shooter from getting a clean stroke. Aziz noticed a gun that the shooter had abandoned, picked it up, pointed at her, and pushed the trigger. It was empty.
He said the shooter had come back to the car for the second time, he would probably take another weapon. "He went into his car and I just took the gun and threw it on the window like an arrow and broke his window," he said.
The windshield crashed: "So be afraid."
He said the shooter cursed him, screaming that he would kill them. But he moved away and Aziz said he was chasing the car down the street to a red light before turning back and bouncing. Online video shows that police have managed to force the car out of the road and then pull the suspect.
Originally from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aziz said he left as a refugee when he was a boy and lived in Australia for over 25 years before moving to New Zealand a few years ago.
"I've been in many countries and that's one of the beautiful ones," he said. And he always thought he was peaceful.
Aziz said he did not feel afraid or much of everything when he was facing the shooter. It was like an autopilot. And he believes God that Allah did not think it was his time to die. said on Saturday that it was reasonable to charge more. With his hands in the cuffs, when appearing in court, the Australian national flashes, as it is believed to be a white nationalist gesture, Ben Tracy told CBS News. , who died in the shooting at the Al Nur mosque. "By entering a prayer to shoot someone, he is cowardly, it is an act of a coward," he said. The area was evacuated as a precautionary measure and the Australian police reported that Tarant's family respected the investigators.