An Indonesian father is in intensive care after shielding his 2-year-old son from a hail of bullets in the second New Zealand mosque attack on Friday, March 15.

Alta Sacra, the man’s wife, wrote about how Zulfirman Syah bravely risked his life in order to protect his toddler when a white gunman sprayed Linwood mosque with bullets in a reported act of terrorism, reports ABC News.

In a photo, the little boy can be seen hovering over his injured father in the wake of the shooting.

Sacra revealed that her husband was critically injured after being shot at repeatedly. She wrote on Facebook:

“My husband shielded our son during the attack at Linwood Islamic Centre, which caused him to receive most of the bullets and much more complex injuries than our son.”

It’s unclear how the couple’s son, Averroes, sustained minor injuries in the attack.

Sacra said her son was with his father worshipping at the center when they were among the dozens injured after a gunman spent several minutes firing at people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.


After searching for her son and husband for hours, Sacra found the two injured but alive. She wrote:

He [ Zulfirman] is in stable condition following the extensive exploratory and reconstructive surgery he had earlier today. While he is still in the intensive care unit at this stage, he will be moved to the general ward whenever it is deemed appropriate …

While the road to recovery will be long, his condition has only improved since he arrived at the hospital yesterday. This afternoon he had a visit from the Indonesian ambassador, which lifted his spirits.

At least 50 people were killed in the Christchurch massacre, reports CNN.

The shooter live-streamed it in a 17-minute-long Facebook video. The video was deleted 12 minutes after it was posted to the site, reports BBC.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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3 Replies to “Hero Dad Took Multiple Bullets While Shielding Toddler From Gunfire During New Zealand Mosque Shooting”

  • Pat Copenhaver 2 years ago

    With so much heartache from these two attacks, it’s nice to hear that this man will pull through, and that his son came through relatively unscathed.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    It truly is amazing that anyone survived this. Horrific!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    You’re a hero and a super Dad the love you have for your handsome lil man goes beyond words may God continue to bless you and your family

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