The attack, which took place at the city’s Quebec Islamic Cultural Center, is being investigated as an act of terrorism by police.
At least two gunmen dressed in black opened fire at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center in Quebec City on Sunday, witnesses said. The gunmen have been arrested. One was captured near the mosque and the other was arrested on a nearby highway, police said.
One attacker called 911 and said he was armed, but was willing to cooperate with police, CBC reported.
Authorities have not released the suspects’ names nor a possible motive, but police are investigating it as an act of terrorism.
Police are also trying to determine whether the assailants had any accomplices.
Authorities have not identified the six slain victims, but said they were all men between the ages of 39 and 60.
Five wounded victims remained hospitalized Monday, a spokeswoman for Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus said.
Christine Coulombe, spokeswoman for the National Police of Quebec, said 39 others inside the mosque were not hurt.
Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, described the shooting as an act of terrorism. He said, “It was with tremendous shock, sadness and anger that I heard of this evening’s tragic and fatal shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec located in the Ste-Foy neighbourhood of the city of Québec.
“We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of all those who have died, and we wish a speedy recovery to those who have been injured.
“While authorities are still investigating and details continue to be confirmed, it is heart-wrenching to see such senseless violence. Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear.
“Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country. Canadian law enforcement agencies will protect the rights of all Canadians, and will make every effort to apprehend the perpetrators of this act and all acts of intolerance.