The suspect in the Quebec mosque shooting that left six people dead and five injured is Alexandre Bissonnette. Mohamed Khadir was initially described as a suspect, but police now say he was a witness.
The Montreal Gazette reports that ” police had arrested another two suspects in relation to the attacks. Two suspects were already in custody.”
“The rector of Université Laval, Denis Brière, and vice-rector Éric Beauce addressed the media Monday morning in the Alphonse-Desjardins pavilion. Reports indicate that one or both of the suspects were students at the university,” the Montreal Gazette reports.
The Journal de Québec reports that the six killed include “two Algerians, a Tunisian, a Moroccan and two others from African countries.”
According to La Presse, 17 minutes after the shooting, Alexandre Bissonnette, a 27-year old Quebec native, called police to turn himself in because he felt guilty about what he had done.
La Presse reports a handgun and two rifles that looked like AK-47s were found in his car. A witness told Radio-Canada that both gunmen wore masks, CBC reports.
“It seemed to me that they had a Québécois accent. They started to fire, and as they shot, they yelled, ‘Allahu akbar!’ The bullets hit people that were praying. People who were praying lost their lives. A bullet passed right over my head,” CBC reports.
Mohamed Khadir, is of Moroccan descent, though it is not clear if he migrated from Morocco or was born in Canada. Quebec Provincial Police said in a tweet on Monday afternoon that he is no longer considered to be a suspect and is now being called a witness. He was arrested near the mosque.