"We told them the situation, said there's as a man, he's restrained, he mowed down people with his van and there's a mob attempting to hurt him, if you don't take him, God forbid he might be seriously hurt", he said.
Mr Gardiner said: "I called police because I saw a random van in my cul-de-sac with someone drunk in it and the door open".
Police have not made it clear whether there is any link between the death and the attack.
Frank reports that Muna Mohamed said one of her relatives suffered a broken back in Monday's attack and is in critical condition.
The London Ambulance Service said it was responding to the incident.
"When he came in the landlord said he was on his own and started shouting "I'll kill every f****** Muslim". Early police caution about declaring the incident to be terrorist-related was interpreted by the community as discriminatory.
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"Thankfully, at the end of this process, the Senate will finally have a chance to turn the page on this failed law". McConnell said last week that "nobody is hiding the ball here" and that people are "free to ask anybody anything".
Tell MAMA, an anti-Islamophobia group, had visited the nearby Muslim Welfare House on Friday last week to inform the community about the need to report anti-Muslim hate incidents and to consider their safety during Ramadan.
London police have declared the crash a major incident and closed the area to normal traffic. A helicopter circled above the area as a large cordon was established to keep motorists and pedestrians away.
Prime Minister Theresa May described the crash as a "potential terrorist attack" and said she would chair an emergency security Cabinet session later Monday. May vowed to provide extra police resources to protect mosques.
"Our community is in shock", said Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, urging people attending prayers to remain vigilant.
The vigil came after the driver of the van had been identified as Darren Osborne, 47, a resident of Cardiff in Wales, according to multiple United Kingdom media outlets.
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President Donald Trump's administration, which had previously put Iran "on notice" for its ballistic missile tests, will respond. Various planes and warships from the two countries have buzzed by each other in high-profile incidents over the last few months.
This time, however, the attacker appears to have deliberately targeted Muslims.
Shortly after the Finsbury Park attack it was confirmed that the missing 17-year-old girl Nabra Hassanen had been found dead in a pond in Virginia. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade. He said: "I couldn't believe when I realised it was him who was accused".
Britain has gotten nearly used to holding a moment of silence after a tragedy, he said, after four terrorist attacks in as many months.
Witnesses said Osborne claimed he wanted to "kill all Muslims" after he drove into a crowd leaving a mosque early Monday morning.
Two months later, a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester.
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In a statement Mr Osborne's nephew Ellis, 26, said "we are massively shocked; it's unbelievable, it still hasn't really sunk in". Police confirmed one person has been arrested, with United Kingdom media reporting he was the driver of the van.
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