By Jon Lin
A shooting occurred at a mosque late last night at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec on Sainte-Foy St. in Quebec City. At least six are dead with over eight others wounded. Alexandre Bissonnette, a twenty seven year old political science student at Laval university, has been arrested and charged with six counts of murder.
The shooting is being treated by local police as a terrorist attack. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the attack ‘cowardly’ and stated that ‘diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear.’ New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack ‘awful’ and vowed to Muslim New Yorkers that the ‘NYPD will protect you.’
The shooting, which comes on the heels of President Trump’s travel ban on certain Muslim countries, takes place less than two years after Dylan Roof opened fire on the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina. Here are eight facts surrounding this shooting.
1. Firing Indiscriminately
The mosque gunman, Alexandre Bissonnette, fired indiscriminately into the crowd of worshipers, which included men, women and children.
2. Prime Minister Pays His Respects
The prime minister attended a vigil outside the mosque right after the attack took place.
3. Former Cadet Program student
Between 2002 and 2004, Bissonnette participated in the Cadet Program, a nationwide youth program affiliated with the Canadian Armed Forces that focuses on developing skills such as leadership and citizenship, said Maj. Doug Keirstead, spokesman for the Canadian Armed Forces.
4. Université Laval student
Bissonnette was a student in the faculty of social sciences at Université Laval.
5. The Victims
Ibrahima Barry, 39: a father of four who worked in information technology at the health insurance board of Quebec.
Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42: a father of two boys born in Canada following their father’s emigration from Guinea.
Abdelkrim Hassane, 41: a father of three daughters, including one a few months old, who worked in information technology for the government.
Azzeddine Soufiane, 57: a grocer and butcher with three children who immigrated to Quebec from Morocco.
Khaled Belkacemi, 60: a food science professor at Laval University, originally from Algeria.
Aboubaker Thabti, 44: a Tunisian-born father of two young children who worked in a pharmacy.
6. The Mosque had been previously targeted
The mosque has been the target of several hate crimes. A pig’s head was placed on its doorstep last year during the holy month of Ramadan.
7. Court Date
Bissonnette’s next court date is on February 21.
8. Fox News Error
Fox News has deleted an erroneous tweet that misidentified the suspect in the Quebec City mosque shooting as a man of Moroccan origin amid pressure from the office of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Via Daily News