Shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, at least 6 reported dead and many injured

On Sunday evening, January 29, there was a shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre at 2877 Chemin Sainte-Foy, near Route de l’Église.

At least five people have been reported dead and two male suspects have been taken into custody.

The Ville de Québec police say they received a call at 7:55 p.m reporting shots fired in the mosque.

Several police units and ambulances were immediately dispatched to the scene.

Some 70 people were gathered in a nearby community theatre to watch a musical comedy. They wanted to leave after they heard the shots, but police told them to remain inside the building. True to theatre tradition, “the show must go on,” the show went on. Performer Katleen Rousseau said, “Some actors were sad and in shock, but everybody gave their best in the circumstances.”

This is the same mosque where, on June 20, 2016, the head of a pig, wrapped in cellophane and tied with a ribbon, was placed at the main doors to the mosque. A note attached to the package read, “Bonne appétit.” Of course, the consumption of pork is forbidden in the Muslim religion.

After midnight, the Sûreté du Québec reported that six people are dead, and eight are injured. Thirty-nine people were in the room at the time of the attack. Two arrests have been made, one near the scene and one near the Île d’Orléans. No additional arrests have been made although could change. Investigators are still on the scene.

At 12:55 a.m., Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume, made the following statement concerning the attack::

“Quebec City is in shock tonight in the aftermath of the tragic events that took place at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre. My first thoughts go to the victims and their families who were gathered for prayer. Quebec is an open-minded city where all can live together peacefully and respectfully. I urge the people to unite and stand together. Quebec is a strong city. Quebec is a proud city. Quebec is a city that is open to the world.”