This is the Muslim man who gave his life trying to disarm the New Zealand mosque shooter

As investigators and journalists still piece together details on what led to the shooting at two New Zealand mosques by a self-proclaimed white supremacist, a full picture on who the victims are still hasn’t completely emerged. But since the story broke, there’s been talk of a person who tried to confront the shooter amidst the chaos around him. Now we’re getting to know who that person was.

In the chilling headcam footage livestreamed by the shooter, a man can be seen running towards him before being shot. According to multiple sources, that man’s name was Naeem Rashid.

Rashid’s 21-year-old son, Talha, had reportedly already been shot when his father rushed the gunman. According to a Pakistani news outlet, Rashid was later rushed to a hospital where he died. His son perished as well.

Rashid was originally from the Abbottabad city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. He worked in banking before he relocated to Christchurch, New Zealand.

All across social media, Rashid is being hailed as a hero.

According to Pakistan’s High Commission in Wellington, Dr. Mohammad Faisal, four Pakistani men were wounded and five others were still missing after the shooting.

Current reports say a total of 49 people were killed during the attack which targeted two mosques.

You can read the latest updates on the story at CNN.

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Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.