Quebec City Mosque Shooting Suspect Identified as Alexandre Bissonnette (UPDATE)
Police detained one of the men at the scene of the shooting. Per local media reports, the second was apprehended shortly afterwards when he called the authorities distraught. It’s not entirely clear which one is Bissonnette. Contrary to initial reports that perhaps three shooters were involved, police say all suspects are in custody.
Details about the shooter’s motive are still sparse, but authorities believe it was an act of terror. One witness to the massacre described the shooter as having a Quebecois accent and shouting “Allahu Ackbar”– Arabic for “God is great”– but may have confused the shooter with another witness.
UPDATE – 12:24 p.m. EST: The Canadian police states that they only consider one of the detained men as a suspect, while the other is considered a witness:
— Quebec RCMP (@rcmpqc) January 30, 2017
UPDATE: Only one of two men arrested in Quebec mosque shooting is considered a suspect: police
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 30, 2017
#BREAKING Only one suspect in Quebec shooting, second detained as witness: police
— AFP news agency (@AFP) January 30, 2017
UPDATE – 1:22 p.m. EST: Quebecois newspaper Le Soleil reports that police now believe a man previously identified as a suspect, Mohamed Khadir, was only a witness and has been released.
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