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Good guy with a gun stopped mosque shooters from killing more

There are reports of a Friday prayer-goer who returned fire with a rifle or shotgun

March 15, 2019 - 9:43 am

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (KFTK/AP) - One of the deadly attacks at a New Zealand mosque was reportedly stopped when another man with a gun fired back at the attacker. 

At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers on what the prime minister called "one of New Zealand's darkest days."

The deadliest attack occurred at the Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch at about 1:45 p.m. local time, when 41 people were killed. 

During a second shooting at the Linwood mosque about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the Al Noor mosque, seven people were killed. Others were pronounced dead at nearby hospitals. 

But the killings were stopped at the second location, thanks in part to someone who shot back at the attacker.

A man told the New Zealand Herald he heard about five gunshots and that a Friday prayer-goer returned fire with a rifle or shotgun.

The Herald reports, it was a well known Muslim local who chased the shooters away and fired two shots at them as they drove off. The man told police officers he was firing in "self defence," reports the Herald.

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