Here is the very latest information on a tragic shooting that occurred at a Quebec mosque yesterday, which comes in middle of heated debate over President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning Muslims and others from several nations from entering America.
Alexandre Bissonnette have been arrested and are the suspects in the attack. While no official motive has been released, authorities say Bissonnette is French-Canadian.
He’s a student at Quebec’s Laval University.
A witness provided local reporters: “They started to fire, and as they shot they yelled, ‘Allahu Akbar!’ The bullets hit people that were praying. People who were praying lost their lives. A bullet passed right over my head.”
Bissonnette fled then later called 911 to confess his crime to authorities and provided his location before being taken into custody.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wasted little time in publicly labeling the murder of at least six a “terrorist attack on Muslims” and reassured that Canada is welcoming and diverse.
Through a statement, Trudeau said “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a center of worship and refuge. 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.”
There were at least 50 in attendance when the assault began at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre. Five are in critical condition and 12 others suffered minor injuries, University of Quebec Hospital Centre spokeswoman Genevieve Dupuis said Monday. Victims were aged anywhere between 35 to 70 years old.