Unknown man held shooter forcing him to drop gun, says Christchurch mosque attack survivor

Christchurch: Hours after mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch, a survivor of Indian origin recollected how the bravery of an unknown man did not allow the incident from turning into a much bigger tragedy.

Faisal Sayed, who has been living in New Zealand for over 10 years, said they were in a small mosque and a gunman came in and opened fire. “In such circumstances, your heart beats faster and you can’t sense anything,” he said.

“But a friend and I saw this gentleman sneak up behind the shooter and hold him until his gun dropped.”

Sayed said the unidentified man’s noble action forced the shooter to rush for the door of the Linwood Mosque.

However, Sayed said that the incident had left him with no ill-feelings towards his adoptive country, and reemphasized his belief that New Zealand was one of the safest places in the world.

Faisal Sayed said the need of the hour is to reassure affected families and ensure that the incident does not get blown out of proportion.