Six people were killed and eight were wounded in a horrific mass shooting during evening prayers inside a Quebec mosque on Sunday night. There were over 50 people at the mosque when the gunshots rang out.
Officials said two suspects were arrested following the attack, though authorities did not release their names.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the shooting as an “act of terrorism” on Muslims.
Tonight, Canadians grieve for those killed in a cowardly attack on a mosque in Quebec City. My thoughts are with victims & their families.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 30, 2017
Few details were available about the deadly shooting Sunday night, however, CBC’s Radio-Canada reportedly spoke to a witness who revealed a shocking claim:
Canadian police officers patrol after a shooting in a mosque at the Québec City Islamic cultural center on Sainte-Foy Street in Quebec city on January 29, 2017. Alice Chiche/AFP/Getty Images
A witness, who asked to remain anonymous, told CBC’s French-language service Radio-Canada that two masked individuals entered the mosque.
“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,” said the witness.
“There were even kids. There was even a three-year-old who was with his father.”
The account had not been confirmed by the Canadian government and or corroborated by other witnesses. Additionally, more information is needed even if the witness account is accurate.
There was also a false report floating around on Sunday night that named the shooters and identified them as white supremacists. The fake information was posted by a parody Reuters account.Image Credit: Alice Chiche/AFP/Getty Images
The Daily Beast actually fell for the fake news item and published the information, including the made-up names of the shooters.
Before the parody account was suspended, presumably for spreading fake news, the account seemed to relish in duping the news site:
“It’s not my fault modern journalists are all gullible morons,” the account tweeted.
The Daily Beast had to issue a correction after reporting the fake news:
“This piece originally stated that Reuters reported the names of the assailants. However, the information came from a Reuters parody social-media account. We regret the error and have deleted the information.”
This is a developing story and may be updated with new information.