A shooting is being reported at a mosque in Quebec City in Canada. EMS and police are on scene. Emergency crews are said to be tending to multiple victims.
Few details are available. Developing story.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information is available. Here is what we know so far:
1. There Are Reports of at Least 5 Victims at the Scene
Officials have not released details about the shooting, but Jean-François Néron, a reporter for Journal Le Soleil, says on Twitter it is believed there are at least five victims. h/t heavy
The conditions of the victims were not immediately known.
It is also not known if there was one shooter or multiple shooters, or if any suspects have been caught.
2. A Video From the Scene Shows a Heavy Police Presence at the Mosque
A video posted to Facebook by the mosque shows a heavy police presence at the scene.
Witnesses said at least 20 police vehicles responded, along with several ambulances.
Le Soleil also reported a large police presence at the mosque.
3. The Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec Was Founded in 1985
The mosque, called the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec, was founded in 1985, according to its Facebook page.
4. A Pig’s Head Was Left Outside a Quebec Mosque Last Summer & a Video Threatening Muslims There Was Released in 2015
Muslims in Quebec have been the targets of threats in recent years.
In June 2016, a pig’s head was left outside a mosque in Quebec City along with the note “Bon appétit,” the CBC reported at the time.
In 2015, a video threatening Quebec Muslims surfaced online, the Montreal Gazette reported.
5. The Shooting Comes As Protests Are Held Across the United States Over an Immigration Ban Impacting Mostly Muslims
The shooting comes on the same day as thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in the United States to fight back against an order banning refugees and visa-holders from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has put out messages supporting Muslim immigrants and has said his country would welcome those turned away by the U.S.