Traumatized, more than 50 people believed to have died
March 15, 2019 4:45 pm
A former Fiji national Mohammed Wahid says he has been left traumatized by the mass shooting at his place of worship.
As the former President of the Masjid Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch where the mass shooting took place, Wahid recalls what he’s being told by friends who were at prayers when the shooting broke out.
“He started shooting in the Mosque, they were many people on the ground and there were people that were just rushing and getting out of the mosque to save their lives and during that impasse, there were about 50 people shot in the bigger mosque in Deans Ave and 10 people shot in the smaller mosque in Linwood S in the eastern suburb of Christchurch.”
Wahid says he has been able to get in touch with some of his friends from the Mosque, however, it’s more than likely that some may have died in today’s horrific massacre.
“I talk to one of my friends who was admitted in the hospital, he got a gun wound in the leg, his surgery will be done shortly but there are others who are in hospital with their numerous wounds.”
Another worshipper at the Mosque and former Fijian National, Zia Dean says it’s now an anxious wait for them as the lockdown continues.
He’s worry now is for these three children who are locked in at school with New Zealand police still dealing with the active situation.
Dean says the terrorism in Christchurch has also set off alarms in other cities in New Zealand.
“The Auckland mosque has been locked down too, a friend from Wellington also called and the mosque in Wellington has been locked down too. The schools in Christchurch have been locked down, kids haven’t made it back so they’re still stuck in school.”
Both Wahid and Dean say that a number of Fijians may have been caught up in the shooting at either of the two mosques that were attacked.