Six people ranging in age from 35 to about 70 years old were killed and eight more injured during a shooting at a Quebec City mosque on Sunday night.
Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Christine Coulombe told reporters on Sunday, Two men have been arrested and it’s too early to determine any motive Thirty-nine other people survived the attack, she added.
At a press conference early Monday morning, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said he was horrified by the attack.
Addressing Quebec’s Muslim population, he said: “We are with you, you are at home, you are welcome at home, we are all Quebecers. Together, we must continue to build a society that’s open, welcoming and peaceful.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also weighed in on the tragedy.
Montreal police chief Philippe Pichet said the department will be more visible at certain locations, is in contact with the Muslim community and will meet with community leaders Monday morning.
Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin said police in his city have increased patrols around mosques in the city.
Terribly sad these acts of hatred has reached our home.
Praying for the victims of this unspeakable crime.