New Zealand Shooter Fled Second Mosque Attack As Good Guy With A Gun Returned Fire
An attack on a New Zealand mosque was reportedly stopped on Friday when a good guy with a gun fired at the attacker[s] causing them to flee the scene, according to local media.
The terrorist attack left 49 dead and dozens injured with at least 30 of the deaths coming from the Masjid Al Noor mosque and at least 10 more deaths coming from the Linwood Masjid Mosque.
The lower number of deaths at the Linwood Masjid Mosque may in part be attributable to a good guy with a gun stopping the shooting. The New Zealand Herald reports:
A second shooting happened at a mosque in the Linwood area of the city.
One Friday prayer goer returned fire with a rifle or shotgun.
Witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots around 1.45pm.
A well known Muslim local chased the shooters and fired two shots at them as they sped off.
He was heard telling police officers he was firing in “self defence.”
“They were in a silver Subaru,” he told police.
[Other accounts of return fire can also be read at the Los Angeles Times, Sky News and The Hill — the latter indicating that the hero first wrestled the gun away from the shooter.]
“Authorities said they had four people in custody — three men and one woman — but later clarified that only three were believed to have been involved in the violence,” The Washington Post reported. “One man in his late 20s, whom the authorities declined to name, was charged with murder and was expected to appear in court on Saturday morning. The suspects had not been on security watch lists, officials said.”