More details have emerged about the man who risked his life in what appears to have been an ultimately successful attempt to stymie the murderous campaign of the racist New Zealand mosque terrorist at the second location he targeted.
Determined to redirect the white supremacist, anti-immigrant extremist who went on a shooting rampage at two mosques last week, Abdul Aziz used whatever was at his disposal to thwart the terrorist's attack, including a credit card machine and an empty shotgun he found lying on the ground.
After killing at least 41 people at the Al Noor mosque, the terrorist targeted the Linwood mosque. At the second location he killed far fewer people, which appears to be in part thanks to Aziz's efforts. Latef Alabi, the acting imam of the Linwood mosque, said Aziz "saved" many people through his actions, Fox News reports.
Alabi told the press he quickly realized that they were in a life-threatening situation when a man walked in dressed in black combat gear and holding a gun. He says he told congregants to get down. That's when Aziz "went after him, and he managed to overpower him, and that's how we were saved," he said, adding, "Otherwise, if he managed to come into the mosque, then we would all probably be gone." But Aziz insists he just did what anyone would do in his situation.
In an intervivew (below), Aziz said that when he heard gunshots outside the mosque, which held several congregants, including his four sons, he grabbed a credit card machine as he went out to see what was happening. He found two people already lying on the ground dead.
His instinct was to try to keep the shooter outside to "save other people." When the killer went to his car to apparently retrieve another gun, Aziz said he hurled the credit card machine at the murderer. The shooter quickly began firing at Aziz, who took cover behind vehicles.
The 48-year-old hero then picked up a shotgun he found shell-less and discarded on the ground. When the shooter again returned to his vehicle and got in the driver's side, Aziz threw the gun "like an arrow" and it smashed a window, which Aziz says he believes scared the shooter, who probably thought he had fired on him.
"I chased him," said Aziz. "He run to his car and sit in his driver’s seat. When he sit on the driver’s seat, I didn’t know if he had another gun or things ... That shotgun I had in my hands, I throw like an arrow on him. It bust his window and that's why got shocked. He thought I probably shoot at him or something."
The shooter then cursed at Aziz and drove off with Aziz chasing him down the street.
Interview below via Global News:
In total, the gunman's heinous actions took the lives of 50 people and injured another 50.
Amid the mourning and outrage over the horrific attack, New Zealand's prime minister is pushing to implement strict gun control laws similar to those imposed in Australia. Currently, buying a gun in New Zealand does not require a license or registering the gun. CNN reports that New Zealand authorities estimate that there are about 1.2 million guns currently in circulation, or about one gun to every three people, in the country.
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