Christchurch mosque shootings
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Al Noor Mosque in 2006
Location of Al Noor Mosque (left) and Linwood Islamic Centre (right)
|Assailants||Brenton Harrison Tarrant|
The Christchurch mosque shootings were two consecutive terrorist
The attacks killed 50 people and injured 50 more. The suspect, a 28-year-old Australian man described in media reports as an
The gunman began shooting worshippers at the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue, Riccarton, at around 1:40 pm. Police received the first emergency call at 1:41 pm. Between three and five hundred people may have been inside the mosque attending
The gunman spent several minutes inside the
When the gunman returned to the car, it was playing the song "
A second series of shootings commenced at about 1:55 pm. at the Linwood Islamic Centre, a mosque 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) away from Al Noor. The gunman shot several people outside the mosque, killing seven.
The mosque's acting imam credited a worshipper named Abdul Aziz Wahabzadah with stopping the attack before the gunman could enter the building. Wahabzadah told media that he ran at the gunman hoping to distract him from attacking people in the mosque. When the gunman retreated, he took a credit card machine, ran after the gunman and threw the machine at him. The gunman took a firearm from his car and fired at Wahabzadah, who took cover among nearby cars and retrieved an empty shotgun the gunman had dropped. The gunman continued firing at the mosque. When the gunman returned to his car again, Wahabzadah threw the shotgun and shattered a car window or windscreen. The gunman then drove away.