Police: Only 1 Man Arrested Considered Suspect in Mosque Shooting, Other is Witness

According to a witness, an attacker shouted "Allahu akbar" during the shooting.

By Liberty McArtor Published on January 30, 2017

Alexandre Bissonnette is now the only suspect in Sunday’s Canada mosque shooting, according to Canadian outlet TVA Nouvelles. Mohamed el Khadir was initially named a suspect, but is now being called a witness by police. Bissonnette is in his 20’s.

TVA Nouvelles reported the two names Monday morning, and a Quebec court clerk later confirmed their identities. Both men were arrested after the shooting Sunday night — Khadir near the crime scene and Bissonnette a short distant away, after he called 911 and reportedly offered to cooperate with police. Police have not released a possible motive, and do not believe there are other suspects, Fox News reported.

A witness told Radio-Canada someone shouted “Allahu akbar” during the attack, TVA Nouvelles reported. Six people were killed and over a dozen wounded. More than 50 people, including children according to a witness, were worshiping at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre when the suspect opened fire.

The Montreal Gazette reported that Bissonnette and Khadir may be students at Université Laval in Quebec City, home to a large Muslim community. Campus security has been heightened for the time being.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the “terrorist attack on Muslims” Sunday night. President Donald Trump called Trudeau to express his condolences and offer assistance on Monday, the AP reported.

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