Man being hailed as hero following deadly New Zealand mosque attacks

A tale of heroism has emerged from the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

It likely stopped the killing, which otherwise might have far exceeded the 50 people who died.

Worshipper Abdul Asiz said he ran into the parking lot when he realized shots were being fired and confronted the suspect.

He said the gunman fired at him, but he zig-zagged to avoid the bullets.

He said he spotted a discarded shotgun that was empty and hurled it at the suspect, which shattered the suspect's vehicle window.

Asiz said the suspect shouted that he would kill them all, but instead drove off. 

Meantime, Australian police said the family of the suspect in the New Zealand mosque shootings is co-operating with authorities.

New South Wales state Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said his officers hope to ensure the safety of residents in the Australian state where suspect Brenton Tarrant is from.

Fuller said Tarrant's family contacted police after seeing media reports of the shootings.

Tarrant, who has spent little time in Australia in the past four years, is charged with murder. 


- With files from The Associated Press