One of the survivors at the New Zealand mosque attack has revealed how his friend risked his life to tackle the gunman and grab the rifle.
Reports have it that not less than 49 people have been shot dead as unknown gunmen open fire in two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.
The situation has been described as a coordinated and unprecedented attack that has shocked the usually peaceful nation.
According to Syed Mazharuddin who witnessed the attack, the shooter shot at everyone that came his way.
“People got feared and there was screaming around and I tried to take cover,” he said.
“By the time I took cover this guy came through the main entrance door and it’s a small mosque – there were about 60-70 people there.
“Just around the entrance door there were elderly people sitting there praying and he just started shooting at them.”
Mazharuddin said the shooter was wearing protective gear and firing wildly. A man from inside the mosque then tried to tackle the gunman.
“The young guy who usually takes care of the mosque … he saw an opportunity and pounced on [the gunman] and took his gun,” Mazharuddin said.
“The hero tried to chase and he couldn’t find the trigger in the gun … he ran behind him but there were people waiting for him in the car and he fled.”
Mazharuddin also added that two of his friends were shot –one in the chest and another in the head.
One of his friends died at the scene, another was left bleeding heavily as Mazharuddin 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 said.
“It took almost half an hour, more than half an hour by the time the ambulance could arrive and I think he must have died.”