The 48-year-old is responsible for singlehandedly stopping the Christchurch shooter from continuing the massacre at the Linwood mosque, the second mosque he targeted during Friday’s mass shootings. Identified as Abdul Aziz, the man said he didn’t like to be called a hero but for an entire nation, he is.
Aziz told the AP how he picked up a credit card reader and ran outside to confront the gunman. The father of four, Aziz was attending Friday’s prayers with his sons when he heard the gunman, identified as Brenton Tarrant, approach the mosque. After he finished his killing spree, the gunman left the mosque.
He was followed by Aziz. At one moment, the gunman fired on Aziz, but he was able to dodge him by weaving through parked cars, which prevented the gunman from having a clear aim. In a matter of a second, Aziz spotted a gun the suspect had forgotten on the floor, picked it up, aimed at the attacker and pulled the trigger, but nothing came out.
Aziz said the man ran back to his car to possibly pick up another firearm.
“He gets into his car and I just got the gun and threw it on his window like an arrow and blasted his window,” he said.
The gunman then got into his car and drove away yelling at Aziz that he would kill them all. The Christchurch resident said he chased the attacker down the street to a red light before he made a U-turn and drove away. Police caught the man a few minutes later.
The suspect killed 49 people in total after attacking two mosques in Christchurch in the country’s deadliest mass shooting in modern history. The gunman killed 41 people at the Al Noor mosque before heading across town to the Linwood mosque where he killed seven others. One other person died at the hospital later.