Friday is the busiest day of the week for mosques all over the world, when Muslims convene for Friday prayers. Wahabzadah informed CNN he ran outdoors as quickly as he heard the photographs, grabbing a bank card reader alongside the way in which. He confronted a person in “military garments” armed with weapons and a digital camera.
To distract the shooter from the mosque, Wahabzadah stated he threw the bank card reader.
“I simply needed to scare him so he does not come inside,” he stated. Sadly the shooter did make it in.
The bank card reader hit the shooter, who then ran again to the car parking zone and commenced firing at Wahabzadah. The shooter dropped the primary gun — which Wahabzadah described as a shotgun — and began capturing with the second. The gunman could not get a great angle on Wahabzadah, he stated, as a result of Wahabzadah was ducking between automobiles and a fence.
Pondering the shooter was going to a automotive to get extra weapons, Wahabzadah stated he picked up the dropped gun, ran after the person and tried to drag the set off, however realized the gun was empty.
“When he sees me … chasing with a gun, he sat in his automotive,” Wahabzadah stated. “And I simply acquired the gun and throw it on his window like an arrow and blast his window. And he thought in all probability I shot him or one thing and … he drove off.”
Wahabzadah did not cease there. He stated he continued chasing the shooter, who did a U-turn and raced off. It was then that Wahabzadah says he returned to the mosque to find the scope of the violence.
Latef Alabi, the imam at Linwood, informed the Australian Broadcasting Company that had been it not for Wahabzadah’s actions, the dying toll would have been greater.
‘God saved everybody’
“I promise you I wasn’t frightened or something,” Wahabzadah stated, including that he was ready to offer his life for these he beloved. “I used to be doing my job. If anybody was there in that state of affairs (they) would do the identical factor as I did.”
Wahabzadah stated folks on the mosque praised him for his actions.
“I acquired to be sincere with you, it wasn’t me, it was God that saved all people. God saved everybody,” he stated.
Initially from Afghanistan, Wahabzadah stated has been dwelling in New Zealand for greater than 2 years. Previous to the transfer, he stated he was dwelling in Australia for 27 years as a refugee.
Wahabzadah stated that after seeing racism in Australia, he moved to New Zealand as a result of it was a peaceable nation.
CNN’s Amir Vera and Jennifer Deaton wrote and reported from Atlanta, and Matthew McKew reported from Christchurch.