The man who chased the armed gunman in Christchurch

HERO The dad chased the terrorist as he drove off

Around 20 innocent people were seriously injured and 17 went missing after the ghastly attack.

Abdul Aziz, 48, whose four sons were inside the mosque, also reportedly picked up the attacker's abandoned gun and hurled it at his vehicle, helping to scare him off.

Mr Aziz, 48, has been praised for saving many people inside by leading the gunman on a cat-and-mouse chase before scaring him into speeding away in his auto.

Carl Pomare was driving past the Masjid al Noor with an employee when he saw people running from the mosque and falling to the ground. One person died in hospital.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with one count of murder over the slayings and a judge said on Saturday that it was reasonable to assume more charges would follow.

Survivors of the Christchurch mosque shootings have recalled how elderly worshippers and children were mercilessly gunned down as a heavily armed attacker methodically targeted Muslims Friday in New Zealand's worst massacre.

Latef Alabi, the mosque's acting imam, said: "He (Aziz) went after him. and that's how we were saved". At first, he thought it was a police officer but then he noticed two dead bodies near him.

Despite his actions, Mr Aziz denied he was a hero in the interview, saying: "I don't think I am a hero [and] I don't like to be called a hero because as a human being... if there was someone else there they would do the same". "This is a killer", he said.

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Mr Aziz said it was at this moment he spotted a gun abandoned by the attacker, who had once again run back to his auto.

Alabi said he told worshippers to duck down and then described how he and a "brother" made a decision to confront the attacker during a lull in the gunfire.

He said he picked up the weapon and pulled the trigger and, after finding it empty, smashed it through the gunman's auto window.

The windshield shattered, Mr Aziz said.

He says the gunman was cursing at him, yelling that he was going to kill them all.

Aziz, who's originally from Afghanistan, said he left his home country as a refugee at an early age and lived in Australia for 25 years before moving to New Zealand just a couple years ago. "Otherwise, if he managed to come into the mosque, then we would all probably be gone".

"I'm very sad for what has happened but I believe this country is a peaceful country and I hope something good will happen after this", he said, fighting back tears.

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