Man who confronted mosque gunman hailed as hero

HERO The dad chased the terrorist as he drove off

HERO The dad chased the terrorist as he drove off

Mr Mazharuddin said the gunman was wearing body armour and shooting indiscriminately. One other person died at the hospital later. But he drove away and Aziz said he chased the vehicle down the street to a red light, before it made a U-turn and sped away.

White supremacist Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with one count of murder and a judge said Saturday that it was reasonable to assume more charges would follow. He added that the suspect ran back to his auto to supposedly get another gun and Aziz used the opportunity to throw the credit card machine at him.

Latef Alabi, the mosque's acting imam, said: "He (Aziz) went after him. and that's how we were saved".

"Then this brother came over". Aziz says this then prompted the suspect to drive off, prompting him to give chase.

He said he could hear his two youngest sons, aged 11 and five, urging him to come back inside.

The gunman returned and fired. At that moment, Aziz spotted a gun the suspect had forgotten on the floor, picked it up, aimed at the attacker and pulled the trigger, but nothing came out.

Aziz said the man ran back to his auto to possibly pick up another firearm.

He said he picked up the weapon and pulled the trigger and, after finding it empty, smashed it through the gunman's auto window.

The windshield shattered, Mr Aziz said.

"It bust his window and that way he got shocked", he explained, adding that the terrorist "swore at me and took off" before he chased him down the street.

Online videos suggest police officers managed to force the auto from the road and drag the suspect out soon afterwards.

Originally from Kabul, Afghanistan, Mr Aziz said he left as a refugee when he was a child and lived for more than 25 years in Australia before moving to New Zealand a couple of years ago.

"I've been to a lot of countries and this is one of the handsome ones", he said, adding that he had always thought New Zealand was peaceful.

Mr Aziz said he did not feel fear or much of anything when facing the gunman - it was like he was on autopilot. And he believes that God, that Allah, didn't think it was his time to die.

Outside the court, Omar Nabi mourned the loss of his father, Daoud, who died in the shooting at Al Noor Mosque. "It's a coward's act", he said.