In the latest NPR article by Richard Gonzales entitled “French-Canadian Student Charged With Murdering 6 In Quebec City Mosque” he reports “Canadian authorities say a 27-year-old man was solely responsible for the armed attack on a Quebec City mosque on Sunday.”
“The man, who has been identified as Alexandre Bissonnette, faces 11 charges: six counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder. In a brief appearance in court, he did not enter a plea,” according to the NPR article.
The Gonzales article continues, “The Associated Press, citing local hospital officials, reports five shooting victims remain in critical condition, and 12 others suffered minor injuries.”
Gonzales’s NPR article also states that “Local authorities initially were looking for two suspects, but another man arrested at the mosque was determined to be just a witness to the shooting, which occurred Sunday evening.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this horrific event that no one should have to endure. These victims were at their place of worship, a place whereby they went to find comfort and safety.
From this incident surfaces a warning that must be understood by smaller venues across the globe.
In Gonzales’s article he notes, “Mass shootings are rare in Canada. Adding to the shock and outrage is the fact that Quebec City, a metropolitan area of about 806,000 people, saw just two killings in all of 2015. Nevertheless, Canadian Muslim activists report that the mosque has seen an uptick in threats and vandalism.”
Yes, mass shootings in Canada alone are rare. But, there is a clear warning that caught our attention and must be understood by all small venues.