New Zealand mosque shooting: Hero who tried to snatch shooter's gun confirmed dead along with his son

Naem Rashid attempted to tackle the shooter but was seriously injured and succumbed to his injuries on Friday night.


                            New Zealand mosque shooting: Hero who tried to snatch shooter's gun confirmed dead along with his son

A man who bravely tried to wrestle the gun away from the Christchurch shooter in the first mosque he targeted has been confirmed dead along with his son who was also a victim of the attack. 

Naem Rashid attempted to overpower gunman Brenton Tarrant as he went about shooting indiscriminately at the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Friday, reports said.

Naem was seriously injured after he tried to launch himself at the shooter in order to try and protect the others in the mosque. Post the attack, he was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries on Friday night.

People stand across the road from a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. A witness says a number of people have been killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch; police urge people to stay indoors.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)
People stand across the road from a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. A witness says a number of people have been killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch; police urge people to stay indoors.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)



 

Rashid, who hailed from Abbottabad in Pakistan and worked with a private bank before moving to Christchurch, worked as a teacher. It has also been revealed that Rashid's 21-year-old son Talha was also killed in the massacre. Rashid's brother Dr. Kursheed Alam confirmed to ARY News that his brother and nephew were dead.

Earlier, Pakistan's High Commission in Wellington confirmed that four Pakistani men were wounded while five others were missing.

Meanwhile, a survivor from the mass shooting recalled how a man at the second mosque that Tarrant targeted had managed to tackle the gunman and snatch one of his weapons.

Eyewitness Syed Mazharuddin at the Linwood Masjid mosque shared that he saw the shooter wearing protective gear and firing wildly before a young man tried to tackle the shooter.



 

He told the NZ Herald, "He saw an opportunity and pounced and took his gun." The braveheart tried to use the weapon to defend the helpless victims but did not know how to use the weapon. 

People stand across the road from a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. A witness says a number of people have been killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch; police urge people to stay indoors.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)
People stand across the road from a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. A witness says a number of people have been killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch; police urge people to stay indoors.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)

"The hero tried to chase and he couldn't find the trigger in the gun... he ran behind him but there were people waiting for him in the car and he fled," he continued.

Syed revealed that he had taken cover when he saw the gunman enter the main enterance door where around 60-70 people were praying. 

On Saturday, Australian born Brenton Harrison Tarrant was charged with one count of murder when he faced the Christchurch District Court. Police commissioner Mike Bush confirmed on social media that the death toll stood at 49, with 42 people injured.