Christchurch mosque attack survivor felt 'bullet shells falling on him'

A survivor of the Christchurch mosque attack says as he watched the alleged killer's video he relived the pain of getting shot.

Ziyaad Shah was blasted in the buttocks and the legs during Friday's attack. On Sunday his cousin Mogamat Ajam visited him and showed him the video the alleged gunman livestreamed.

Ajam says Shah could see himself lying on the floor praying as the gunman carried out his attack. He was "very very lucky" to survive.

"He actually showed me where he was laying in the mosque… the shooter was standing in front of him," he told the Ryan Bridge Drive Show on Magic Talk.

"He felt all the bullet shells falling on him."

As he watched the video, he could feel the pain of his wounds as he was shot, Ajam says.

"He could feel all that burn through his body, almost like it was happening all over again."

He only survived because the shooter was too busy firing at large groups of people.

"Most probably the shooter thought they were dead because they were lying like they were dead," he says.

Ajam's daughter Nihaal only narrowly escaped the shooting herself. She was supposed to be at the mosque on Friday but was saved by a car appointment at Paul Kelly Motors.

After getting her car serviced, she arrived at the mosque to find emergency services already at the scene.


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