Six dead, five critical, after Quebec mosque shooting

At least 14 were taken to hospital

Police survey the scene of a shooting at a Quebec City mosque on Sunday January 29, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Francis Vachon

Police survey the scene of a shooting at a Quebec City mosque on Sunday January 29, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Francis Vachon

QUEBEC — A hospital spokeswoman says five people who were injured in a horrific mosque shooting in Quebec City last night are in critical condition.

A spokeswoman with the Centre Hospitalier Universite Laval says at least three of those people are currently between life and death.

Police told a news conference this morning the six people who were killed in the bloody massacre on Sunday at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec in Quebec City’s Ste-Foy neighbourhood were between the ages of 39 and 60.

At least 14 other people were taken to hospital with minor injuries, according to the Centre Hospitalier Universite Laval.

After stating that there were two suspects in custody, Quebec police are saying there is now only one person suspected in connection with the shooting.

Police said today it is too early to specify what charges will be laid.

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RCMP said the suspect was not previously known to authorities.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard have called the shooting a “terrorist attack.”

The mosque targeted in the attack issued a statement of thanks on its Facebook page late Sunday for the many messages of compassion being sent its way.

It has been the subject of threats in the past. Last summer, a gift-wrapped pig’s head was placed at the entrance to the building.

Vigils are expected to be held in Montreal and Quebec City today.

A number of Canadian Muslim groups have expressed shock and anger at the attack.

“Quebec Muslims are frightened right now,” said Haroun Bouazzi, president of AMAL-Quebec, a Muslim human-rights group based on Montreal. “We are urgently waiting for answers as to how and why such a tragedy could occur.”

The National Council of Canadian Muslims called on law enforcement agencies around the country to increase security around mosques and Islamic centres.

“We are horrified by this despicable act of violence,” the council’s executive director Ihsaan Gardee said in a statement. “This act of wanton murder must be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

Gardee added that the council was “heartened” by the support expressed for the Muslim community by other Canadians.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama also spoke out against the attack.

“We are deeply saddened by the attack that took place in a mosque in Quebec City and we pray for the rapid recovery of the wounded,” said national president Lal Khan Malik. “We are taking steps to ensure that all members of the community feel secure and safe.”

The mosque shooting has also drawn international outrage.

French President Francois Hollande has condemned what he called an “odious attack” while a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls the shooting “despicable.”

CORRECTION, Jan. 30, 2017: Since this story was published, the Sûreté du Québec tweeted that only one of the suspects arrested in connection with the attack is suspicious. For the latest on the attack, click here.

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Six dead, five critical, after Quebec mosque shooting

    • Wow Emily. I’m guessing Macleans purged this thread because of your nefarious comments.

      On a thread last week you talked about education. Hey I was right there with you. However, the statements you made here over the last 24 hours are very uneducated. There’s no nice way to put it. Your comments do not pass the litmus test, the snopes test, the sanity test, you name it.

      World conflict in general is not rooted in religion. I know you tend to be myopic, so I am hoping that you will educate yourself. Pick up the book “The Encyclopedia of War” by Phillips and Axelrod. They are secular authors who are renown in their specialty.

      In a nutshell. They document 1763 wars or conflicts throughout history. Of the 1763, only 123 are classified as “religious”. Now the wise observer will note that 123 of 1763 is ~7% of all wars. If you look at the details in the book, you will notice that of the total numbers of deaths in all these wars, that ~2% can be contributed to the 123 religious wars. Furthermore – half of those 123 religious wars are attributed to one religion, and it’s not Christianity. I will leave you to some “light reading” for you to discover and educate yourself. But don’t take it from me. Investigate this yourself, read, think critically of these things.

      • Macleans doesn’t purge the truth.

        You, however, are attempting to.

        Religion is the curse of the world

        • Please provide a source for your argument.
          I’ve provided you a verifiable source researched by secular intellectuals that clearly demonstrate thar 93% of historical conflicts were non-religious resulting in 98% of all deaths during conflicts.

          • Who do you think did this and why? We create fear and hatred and vitriol and then we are suprised that someone strikes out because they are afraid. We taught them to hate and then the US president who is the kind of altered facts says somehow this proves we were right to be vigilant but vigalent of who. He doesn’t have any young white Canadians on his travel ban list. He whipped up the fear against Muslims, be they moderate or extremists and a disturbed person acted. Now he congratulates himself. How truly frightening.

          • You provided your version of a child’s illustrated history book… history speaks against that.

    • It’s not a children’s illustrated book? It is a 3 volume SET of books. They even use BCE/Ce dates for you politically correct lovers who hate BC/AD.

      “The authors, history professors who worked on this encyclopedia for 10 years, have produced a very readable and apparently well-researched book that both scholars and history buffs will enjoy. As with other Facts On File reference books, this set is easy to use and well designed. This would be an excellent purchase for high-school, college, and public libraries.” American Library Association.

      • OMG there’s THREE of them??

        Well that changes everything eh?

        BCE and CE have been around for centuries. In any case we need a whole new dating system.

        It’s an illustrated book for students…..not a serious work of scholarship…..and is only one entry into the world of history.

        Why you think others want to buy and read your literary choices is unknown.

        Waaaaaaay off topic anyway.

        • Can you READ Emily? Seriously! Did you not see the source? The American Library Association? Your ability of critical thought is seriously lacking.

          BCE/CE was an attempt at humour. I’ve meant so called intellectuels that would not take a book seriously if published using BC/AD.