A man is being hailed as a hero for preventing more deaths, by managing to pick up one of the Christchurch attacker’s guns, confronting him and bringing the brutal rampage, that left 49 dead to an end.
Abdul Aziz, a former Afghan refugee and a 48-year-old father, was attending the Friday’s prayers with his four sons, when he heard the gunman. He peeked outside the window to see what was happening and noticed bodies laying in the streets. That’s when he realized he had to take action, if he wanted to survive.
Abdul Aziz picked up a gun that the killer had abandoned, pointed it to the gunman and squeezed the trigger, but realized that it was empty. He said the gunman then ran back to the car for a second time, likely to grab another weapon. Aziz hurled the gun at the vehicle’s window, which shattered, scaring the gunman, who then drove off out of fear.
“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.”
Terrorist Brenton Harrison Tarrant killed 49 Muslim worshipers in Friday’s attacks, targeting the Al Noor and Linwood mosques.
Latef Alabi, the mosque’s acting imam, said that “He (Aziz) went after him…and that’s how we were saved. Otherwise, if he managed to come into the mosque, then we would all probably be gone.”
It comes after another hero emerged yesterday. Naeem Rashid died after trying to wrestle a gun from the shooter. Rashid, who had been working in Christchurch as a teacher, tried to overpower the gunman during the mass shooting at Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch on Friday afternoon. The hero was left badly wounded after he launched himself at the shooter in a bid to protect fellow worshipers. He died Friday night and it was revealed that his 21-year-old son was also a victim of the terror attack.
Originally published on aboutislam.net