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An attack on a New Zealand mosque was reportedly stopped on Friday when a good guy with a gun fired at the attacker[s] causing them to flee the scene, according to local media.

The terrorist attack left 49 dead and dozens injured with at least 30 of the deaths coming from the Masjid Al Noor mosque and at least 10 more deaths coming from the Linwood Masjid Mosque.

The lower number of deaths at the Linwood Masjid Mosque may in part be attributable to a good guy with a gun stopping the shooting. The New Zealand Herald reports:

A second shooting happened at a mosque in the Linwood area of the city.

One Friday prayer goer returned fire with a rifle or shotgun.

Witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots around 1.45pm.

A well known Muslim local chased the shooters and fired two shots at them as they sped off.

He was heard telling police officers he was firing in “self defence”.

“They were in a silver Subaru,” he told police.

“Authorities said they had four people in custody — three men and one woman — but later clarified that only three were believed to have been involved in the violence,” The Washington Post reported. “One man in his late 20s, whom the authorities declined to name, was charged with murder and was expected to appear in court on Saturday morning. The suspects had not been on security watch lists, officials said.”

The terrorist livestreamed the horrifying attack on social media, which left tech companies scrambling to remove the attack. Fox News reports:

“We have taken down the account of the alleged perpetrator and are working to actively remove all versions of the video from Twitter,” a Twitter spokesman said, according to BuzzFeed reporter Ryan Mac.

Facebook officials also issued a statement, according to Mac: “Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the community affected by this horrendous act. New Zealand Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we removed both the shooter’s Facebook account and the video.”

“Don’t give the POS NZ shooter what he wants,” Donald Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter. “Don’t speak his name don’t show the footage. Seems that most agree on that. The questions is can the media do what’s right and pass up the ratings they’ll get by doing the opposite? I fear we all know the answer unfortunately.”

During a press conference, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “Whilst I cannot give any confirmation at this stage around fatalities and casualties, what I can say is that it is clear that this is one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

“Clearly, what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” Ardern continued. “Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home.”

“They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not,” Arden added. “They have no place in New Zealand. There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence, which it is clear this act was.”

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. mike dar

    March 16, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Now ask the question.. as in that country gun laws are so very restrictive, did the ‘good guy’, likely a Muslim, have his firearm legally?

    • Grace Joy

      March 16, 2019 at 9:27 am

      I wonder if that will be investigated.

      “They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not,” Arden added. “They have no place in New Zealand. There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence, which it is clear this act was.”

      Such outrage when it’s a crime against Mus lims, or any crime BY “whites;” yet when Mus lim “migrant refugees” commit crimes, people are told it’s racist to blame the Cult; & also that THEY need to adjust (wear a hijab, not insult Mohammed, etc.).

      Double Standards all around.

    • FAST EDDIE

      March 17, 2019 at 9:44 am

      Let’s get this straight. I don’t want muslims anywhere to have firearms of any kind. Here’s the deal though and the dems need to pay attention. One man with a firearm prevented a mass killing. This is what the pro firearm people are talking about and the libs won’t have it. Americans have this right in the 2nd Amendment and We The People need to step up and protect that right to carry and protect yourself and others around you. To those of you who do not participate in concealed carry, those that do think about that every day.

  2. Shari Early

    March 16, 2019 at 8:41 am

    If he returned fire with a shotgun or rifle it sounds like it may have been kept there for just the reason it was used….to protect them from shooters. Maybe he was out hunting before prayer. Most countries still allow guns for hunting and only restrict handguns and automatic weapons. It’s just awful that going to any place of worship can be dangerous but then again it always has been. The problem is the places that promote radicals being indoctrinated are out there and some of the Muslim beliefs are against all non-believers and that’s going to always cause some amount of fear for some. There’s to many mental disorders out there that cause a “let’s get them before they get us” mentality. How about everyone trying a “I don’t bother you so you don’t bother me” mentality so we can all get along.

  3. Silas Longshot

    March 16, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Plainly this was a nut case doing this, so let’s settle that right off.
    BUT, the thing is, muzlims instigate more violence towards individuals, women particularly, and Christian groups and for sure Jewish people that any other ‘race’ ‘religion’ or political group on the planet. Look at any major city / nation that has a large population of muzlims in their area. Dozens of knife attacks, gang rapists, and terror attacks all the time, blocking streets and highways 5 times a day for their ‘prayers’, intimidating citizens to force them to accept muzlim doctrines. It’s NOT Christian to attack back, against the law as well, but you can’t expect the kind of routine hatred, violence prone 3rd world mentality against the non-muzlim world to not stir up reflexive hate and hostility back at them from loosely wound crazies that are in every country that have allowed muzlims to infiltrate. The gun laws in NZ are almost as pro-citizen as in the USA, but like the anti-gun rights politicians here they will now be pushing more gun control.

  4. LST

    March 17, 2019 at 2:51 am

    49 fewer ragheads is a good thing. I hope Trump helps out by sending them 49 replacements, we can easily spare them. Starting with the two rag bitches in congress.

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