Remembering The Quebec City Mosque Shooting


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The Quebec City mosque shooting took place on the evening of January 29, 2017, at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City, a mosque in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood of Quebec City.

Six worshippers were killed and nineteen others injured when a man opened fire just before 8:00 pm, shortly after the end of evening prayers.

Fifty-three people were reported present at the time of the shooting.

The perpetrator, Alexandre Bissonnette, was charged with six counts of first-degree murder.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Philippe Couillard believed the shooting to be a terrorist attack, but Bissonnette was not charged under the terrorism provision of the Criminal Code or described as such by terrorism experts.

On February 8, 2019, Bissonnette was sentenced to life in prison, with no possibility of parole for 40 years.

On March 8, 2019, it was reported that Bissonnette was appealing this sentence.