- At least 49 people were killed Friday in a mass shooting at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. At least 48 others were injured.
- Carl Pomare was working near the Al Noor Mosque when he saw people running and heard gunshots.
- He used his car to set up a cordon and began helping victims wounded in the attack.
Carl Pomare, a manager for Naki Labour Hire, was working near the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch when he saw people running, according to the New Zealand Herald.
“Then we heard the bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,” he told the Herald.
According to ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), Pomare and his colleagues cordoned off the area to stop people from entering, then jumped out of their cars to help victims wounded in the attack.
He told BBC that ambulances could not enter the scene until it was cleared by police, so they stepped in to do what they could.
“We were trying to keep these people alive until the ambulances could get through,” he said. “People were begging for our help. We made a call to take a father and his daughter who was in a bad way into a car and we managed to get them both out quickly but we don’t know if they survived … The gentleman my co-worker was helping died in his arms after about 30 minutes. It was a scene of carnage.”
Pomare and his colleagues were on the scene for about an hour and a half assisting those who were injured. People are calling them heroes.
One of the hero’s from the New Zealand Christchurch Mosque shooting, Carl Pomare, on #bbcnews. He & others tried to help people shot outside the mosque, whilst the police made the scene safe. Ambulances were not allowed onto the scene until it was made safe. @DESJADDOO
— El Diablo (@eldiablo0786) March 15, 2019
‘They were running for their lives’
Carl Pomare was driving past the mosque when he saw the shooting – he stopped to help the victims.
— Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) March 15, 2019
Thank you Carl Pomare and there will be many more stories of courage and compassion but this is just so heartbreaking. ???? https://t.co/C29gtnFtYv
— Dr Stephen Clarke (@StephenClarkeNZ) March 15, 2019
“I just can’t believe it has happened,” Pomare told the Herald. “We put ourselves at risk, but in the spur of the moment you don’t think of your own safety, just these bodies that were lying there, just ordinary people.”
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