Mosque Shooting in Quebec Brings A Rush To Judgment [VIDEO]

Mosque Shooting in Quebec Brings A Rush To Judgment [VIDEO]

Mosque Shooting in Quebec Brings A Rush To Judgment [VIDEO]

At least six people are reported dead in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec. Two suspects are reported to be under arrest.

The scene after a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City on Sunday, January 29, 2017 (photo: Francis Vachon/The Canadian Press via AP)

A few dozen people were inside the Islamic cultural centre of Quebec in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood when the shooting began just after 8 p.m.

Quebec City Police Constable Étienne Doyon said mostly men were gathered at the mosque for evening prayers.

The director of the centre said at least five people were killed, but that information has not been confirmed by police.

Two suspects have been arrested, one of whom was apprehended after a chase that ended near l’île d’Orléans.

Five people are listed in critical condition, while at least a dozen others suffered minor injuries.

There were few credible facts known immediately after the shooting, other than what anonymous witnesses were reporting to local news sources.

A witness, who asked to remain anonymous, told CBC’s French-language service Radio-Canada that two masked individuals entered the mosque.

“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,” said the witness.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau struck exactly the right tone with the limited information on hand.

But when did that ever stop wild speculation on Twitter that somehow, this must be Donald Trump’s fault?

Even supposed “journalists” sat and speculated on Twitter.

And then there was this now-deleted gem from actor Kumail Nanjiani.

And then the fake news began. There was the side blaming white supremacists. The source? A parody Reuters account.

And the side claiming the shooters were Syrian refugees. The source? Reddit.

The lesson is, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, to never trust and always verify any news that you see on Twitter. ESPECIALLY if they come from accounts with that special blue checkmark after their name. As you can see, even “real” journalists can get easily taken by parody accounts because the information involved is just “too good to check.”

In the meantime, we wait for actual confirmation by Quebec law enforcement as to who has actually been arrested. Victory Girls will update this story as information is released.

The suspects were identified.
But now there seems to be a question of who is a suspect, and who is a witness.

This is all very confusing, at best.

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  • GWB says:

    Interestingly, where things like the Orlando nightclub shooting were “wait and see – we wouldn’t want to fly off the handle and call it terrorism too soon”, Trudeau went straight to “Terrorism!” with this one.

    While I agree it’s likely terrorism, no matter who is responsible, the double standard is so tiring.

    • GWB says:

      Ooooh, and now one report says (among some things that first reports seem to have misreported) one of the two terrorists is “of Moroccan origin” and is named Mohamed. Hmmmmmmm….

  • Kim Quade says:

    Was it the children’s singer Raffi who made that lame tweet blaming Trump for the mosque shooting? The Raffi whom my eldest daughter listened to on her little cassettes in the 80’s? THAT Raffi?
    He made more sense when he sang about eating Apples and Bananas.

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