Abdul Aziz likely stopped the New Zealand mosque shooter and potentially saved dozens of lives.
“I could hear my two boys were saying, ‘Daddy please come back inside, please come back inside,’ I told them you go inside, I will be alright,” he explained.
Aziz, a father of four, was praying with his children on March 15, when a shooter entered his mosque and started firing at worshippers. He said many didn’t initially recognize the sounds as gunshots.
His first instinct was to distract the shooter in any way possible, so he ran out of the mosque screaming, to try and draw attention to himself. Aziz says he then threw a credit card machine at the attacker. He believes the credit card machine temporarily confused the shooter, who dropped his gun and ran to his car to get another one, leaving Aziz to grab the gun that was left on the ground.
“He dropped his gun and ran, and I chased him,” he explained. “Then I chased him, he sat in his car I had that shotgun in my hand and I throw on him like an arrow, I threw the shotgun and that shotgun actually smashed his window and I could see him, he’s frightened.”
Moments after the shooter left, the 28-year-old Australian man was arrested and later charged with murder. Unfortunately, he was able to kill eight people at the Linwood mosque before he fled.