Police spokesperson Etienne Doillon spoke at a press briefing that the police was first called around 7:55 p.m. on Sunday, saying that shots were heard at the mosque. He said that two suspects had been arrested but he refused to provide further details.
Which sounds suspicious.
Multiple gunmen opened fire during evening prayers, killing five, according to Reuters. At the time of the shooting, there were about 100 in the mosque.
Montreal police are stepping up patrols around any sites they believe could be potential targets, a spokesperson told the Montreal Gazette late Sunday, but it is not known if this will include sites including churches and synagogues.
Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin said police in his city, which is minutes from Ottawa, the capital of Canada, have increased patrols around mosques there, but didn't mention whether they would increase patrols around churches and synagogues.
"Why is this happening here? This is barbaric," the mosque president, Mohamed Yangui, told Reuters, using an interesting choice of words. He wasn't inside the mosque when the shooting took place but he received frantic calls from those who were.
There were about 40 people reportedly inside the mosque when the shooting began. One of the gunmen were reported to have used an AK-47.
Witnesses said about a dozen people were wounded and some reports state two of three gunmen were arrested, which, along with reports of death and injuries was confirmed by Quebec City police. The gunmen reportedly wore masks and had Quebecois accents.
According to Le Soleil newspaper, one of the suspects was 27-years-old and had a Quebecois name.
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard condemned the attack, calling it "barbaric violence" and assured people that "the government is mobilized to ensure the security of the Quebec population."
One witness said, "It seemed to me that they had a Quebecois 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," the person said.
Obviously this doesn't make the shooters Muslims, so it isn't wise to jump to conclusions.
Socialist New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the attack and profoundly said "We must stand together," because he felt he needed to say something and try to be relevant. But de Blasio doesn't even stand behind his own police department and applauds Black Lives Matter, so he's an idiot.