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Armed Man Chased, Fired On New Zealand Mosque Shooter

National Review logo National Review 5 days ago Jack Crowe
a sign on the side of a building: A view of the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch, New Zealand, taken in 2014. © REUTERS/SNPA/Martin Hunter A view of the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch, New Zealand, taken in 2014.

One armed congregant pursued the gunmen who opened fire during Friday prayer at his mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch and fired two shots at them as they sped away, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The unnamed man went home to retrieve his gun when the shooting broke out before returning to the Linwood mosque to engage the shooter. He reportedly told the police he was acting in “self defense.”

At least 49 people were killed and 48 injured during shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

The Linwood mosque shooting claimed seven lives while a second shooting, at the al Noor mosque, resulted in 41 dead. Police also found improvised explosive devices attached to two vehicles outside of one of the mosques.

Four people have been arrested in connection with the attacks and one 28-year-old man was charged with murder. It remains unclear whether the other three people will be charged.

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