QUEBEC CITY- CTV says a 27-year-old man has been identified as the lone suspect in a mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque, where six were killed and five others critically injured during evening prayers on Sunday.
Alexandre Bissonnette of Quebec City was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder on Monday. In an afternoon press conference, an RCMP spokesperson said that additional terrorism-related charges may be forthcoming.
Vigils for the slain men were held across the country on Monday, drawing scores of mourners, according to the report.
“I think it’s necessary for the Muslim community to feel accepted here in Quebec,” Emma Larochelle told CTV News Channel from a vigil in front of the crime scene, the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec. A friend of Larochelle’s had left the place of worship just before the attack began.
“I think it’s a good thing for me to be here to show support to my friends because it’s a small town and we know a lot of people that were affected by the attack, that had some family in there or were just there before the attack, so I think it’s good for me to be here and show my support for the Muslim community here… The whole day I was trying to find something to say and maybe show my support, and I think the best way I could find was to come here tonight.”
Bissonnette was arrested along with one other individual following the shooting, which began shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday in Quebec City’s Sainte-Foy neighbourhood. The second person is being treated as a witness, according to Surete du Quebec.
The six people killed in the mosque shooting included a professor and a grocery store owner. Five victims were taken to hospital in critical condition. Police say the victims were all men between the ages of 39 and 60. Fourteen others suffered minor injuries.
Of the five victims taken to hospital, three remained in intensive care Monday morning. The other two were in critical but stable condition, a hospital spokesperson said.
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