DRAMATIC footage shows the moment hero audience members tackled a knifeman after he stabbed Salman Rushdie as screams echoed around the venue.
The author, 75, suffered horror injuries as he was knifed up to 15 times in front of a horrified crowd at New York's Chautauqua Institution.
A shocking clip shows brave attendees rushing to take down the attacker as others swiftly moved to Rushdie's aid amid a piercing chorus of screams and gasps.
The suspect, named by cops as Hadi Matar, 24, was then hauled away by an officer before Rushdie was helped off the stage.
Remaining guests were then evacuated from the auditorium as Rushdie was dashed to hospital via air ambulance and given emergency surgery.
The Indian-born writer is on a ventilator and suffering from severed nerves and a damaged liver.
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