UPDATE: Six Dead in Quebec Mosque Shooting

Canadian police officers respond to a shooting in a mosque at the Québec City Islamic cultural center on Sainte-Foy Street in Quebec city on January 29, 2017. Two arrests have been made after five people were reportedly shot dead in an attack on a mosque in Québec City, Canada. / AFP / Alice Chiche (Photo credit should read ALICE CHICHE/AFP/Getty Images)

QUEBEC CITY, Canada — The gunmen fired indiscriminately into the crowd of worshipers, witnesses said, even though families were in the mosque.

The rampage at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center left six people dead.

The province’s premier, Philippe Couillard, called the attack an act of terror.

But many questions remain, and some details have changed as the investigation evolves. Here’s what we know so far:

The attack

At least two gunmen dressed in black opened fire at the center in Quebec City on Sunday, witnesses said.

Authorities have not identified the six slain victims, but said they were all men between the ages of 39 and 60.

Five wounded victims remained hospitalized Monday, a spokeswoman for Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus said.

The National Police of Quebec said 39 others inside the mosque were not hurt.

The investigation

Of the two people arrested Sunday night, only one is now considered a suspect, said Surete de Quebec, the police organization investigating the shooting.

The other person who was arrested is now considered a witness and not a suspect, as originally believed, police told CNN.

Authorities have not released the name of the suspect or a possible motive, but police are investigating it as an act of terrorism. They’re also trying to determine whether any accomplices were involved.

CNN partner CBC reported that an attacker called 911 and said he was armed, but said was willing to cooperate with police.

The mosque’s response

The mosque urged the public to not jump to conclusions or spread unsubstantiated rumors.

“Please wait for preliminary result (of the investigation) before circulating rumors,” the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center said on Facebook. “The situation is very critical.”

Another post showed the center’s gratitude for the “hundreds of messages of compassion coming from all over.”

At least two vigils, in Quebec City and in Montreal, are planned for Monday.

Mosque was previously targeted

This is not the first time the mosque has been targeted.

Last year, the cultural center received a wrapped pig’s head and a magazine with a pig on its cover, saying “Bonne Appetit,” according to a post on its Facebook page. The post reads:

“We just learned that a gesture of hate towards our Great Mosque took place Sunday morning (14 Ramadan) around Salat Al-Fajr! Police was made aware and opened an investigation!”

Under the Quran, pork is prohibited and pigs are considered unclean.

Quick condemnation

Canada’s leaders condemned the attack on social media.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his condolences in both French and English.

“Canadians grieve for those killed in a cowardly attack on a mosque in Quebec City. My thoughts are with victims & their families.”

Later, in a statement on his official site, Trudeau wrote:

“It is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence. Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear.

“Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country. Canadian law enforcement agencies will protect the rights of all Canadians, and will make every effort to apprehend the perpetrators of this act and all acts of intolerance.”

Premier Couillard said Quebec would support Muslims.

“Let’s unite against violence,” the post reads. “We stand in solidarity with the Muslim people of Quebec.”

 

A video shared on Facebook Live showed the aftermath including police and several ambulances surrounding the mosque.

 

15 comments

    • E

      Unless you’re a decent human being, then it’s a tragedy.
      You’re the same as “them”, just looking at it from the other side… full of hate and misinformation about people you don’t know, celebrating death and pain. Keep fanning the flames; eventually, you’ll get burned yourself.

      • justiceservedcold

        And when criminals who are “Christians” that happen to be junkies or mentally ill kill their victims who happen to also be Christian or when “Christian,” (Catholic), priests molest little boys how is that different?! A person can call themselves anything they want; it’s how they conduct themselves that matter! Some people are just bad, evil, monsters.

      • E

        If you consider celebrating the deaths of innocent people worshiping at a Mosque to be an honorable American trait, I’ll take them over you all day long. You are becoming the thing you claim to hate. More to the point, I don’t think the shooter was Muslim.

    • WarningFakeNews

      Narrative in this case, “•a representation of a particular situation or process in such a way as to reflect or conform to an overarching set of aims or values:”

      That’s a preconceived notion, folks, and has little or nothing to do with wanting to tell the truth, to say what happened.

  • WarningFakeNews

    Headline in The Gateway Pundit: Majority Of Mainstream Media Failed To Report That The Mosque Shooter Yelled ‘ALLAHU AKBAR’

    I have no idea about what the motivations of the shooter were, but the media is implying, strongly, that it was anti-Muslim sentiment- yet they know the above and failed to report it?

  • jenny from the block

    The Daily Beast already falsely reported this to be the work of white supremacists… Then issued a retraction after they realized they got trolled by a parody Twitter account. Early witness reports are painting a polar opposite to that story. Condolences to the innocent regardless. The world is on fire and everybody is divided. A lot of it does not look like an accident either. Who benefits from division?

    • justiceservedcold

      “Who benefits from division?” Low lifes who stand to gain by exploiting it, like this dirt-bag-rag The Dialy Beast, and particular politicians, or just losers in general who get off on stuff like that. They have no conscience, and lost their soul.

  • Makes ya think

    Wow this is truly awful and Terribly sorry to hear of this.. Prayers and thoughts to the families..but it sound like Prime Minister of Canada ,which is quite hated by many Canadians should get on the ball and Vett incoming people to Canada , like Trump is now doing.

    But then again this is so extremely rare to hear of this from Canada. My take is that he obviously pissed someone off in Canada by announcing he will with open and loving arms accept the Refugees from the 7 countries with no questions asked…compared to a grueling process to become a Canadian citizen for even Americans..

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