A heroic bystander tackled a gunman and grabbed his weapon after he opened fire at worshippers at a mosque in New Zealand.
Syed Mazharuddin witnessed the terrifying moment at Christchurch’s Linwood Mosque during a terrorist attack that claimed the lives of seven people.
Mazharuddin said the gunman entered the mosque and began shooting indiscriminately at worshippers, causing them to flee.
“People got feared and there was screaming around and I tried to take cover,” he told the New Zealand Herald .
“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.”
A young man who worked at the mosque bravely saw his opportunity and pounced on the shooter, taking his gun in the process.
“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.”
The fate of the unnamed hero is unclear but Mazharuddin said two of his friends died in the attack.
“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.”
At least 49 people have been killed and 40 seriously injured in co-ordinated terror attacks on Friday afternoon.
Innocent worshippers were shot at point blank range in during the Friday prayers.
One of the suspected gunmen – named as Australian national Brenton Tarrant – broadcast the horrific scenes live on Facebook using a GoPro camera.
Horrified witnesses have described seeing bodies everywhere, with one grieving man reportedly heard wailing: “My wife is dead.”
Police had earlier said four people – three men and one woman – had been taken into custody in relation to the devastating shootings.