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Mohammed Belkhadir: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Canadian police officers respond to a shooting in a mosque at the Québec City Islamic cultural center on Sainte-Foy Street in Quebec city on January 29, 2017. (Getty)

Canadian police officers respond to a shooting in a mosque at the Québec City Islamic cultural center on Sainte-Foy Street in Quebec city on January 29, 2017. (Getty)

At least six people were reported shot dead and as many as 19 were injured — five critically — when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of around 40 people at a mosque in Quebec City.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ruled the incident a “terror attack” in a statement. He wrote, “It was with tremendous shock, sadness and anger that I hear of this evening’s tragic and fatal shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Quebec located in the Ste-Foy neighbourhood of the city of Quebec.”

Reuters initially reported that there were two gunmen that opened fire on those attending evening prayers at Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center in the Sainte-Foy neighborhood.

The two arrested by police were identified by The Associated Press as Mohamed el Khadir and Alexandre Bissonnette. It was later reported by La Presse that the name of the latter is actually Mohammed Belkhadir — not Mohamed Khadir as it was first reported by numerous outlets.

But police in Quebec noted that following the investigation Belkhadir is now “considered a witness” and all potential charges against him have been dropped.

Alexandre Pratt of La Presse tweeted after Belkhadir was released that he was “in a bad place at the wrong time. He was afraid and police jumped on him.”:

Justin Ling of VICE News reported that a home was raided as part of an investigation of the shooting.

Instead, Belkhadir “ran into the building to save lives and not take them,” Huffington Post reported. He allegedly told police that he heard gunshots and ran to save the lives of the victims.

Belkhadir said following the incident to Canadian media, “I went inside to try to give first aid to my friend on the ground, and I saw someone with a weapon. I didn’t know he was a policeman. I thought it was someone who came back to shoot. So I fled outside, on the parking side.” He was later taken into custody by police for questioning.

Here’s what you need to know about Belkhadir:

1. Belkhadir, a Witness In the Shooting, Was Falsely Reported as Being of Moroccan Descent

According to Fox News, one of the suspects being held was of Moroccan descent.

However, Fox News later retracted a statement following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s request.

It was initially reported that Belkhadir was a suspect in the shooting, but later revealed that he was instead a witness and Bissonnette was the sole accused shooter in the incident.

A court appearance took place on January 30.

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2. Belkhadir, a Witness, Was Detained Near the Mosque, Bissonnette, the Accused Shooter, Called Police

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An ambulance sits outside the scene of the mosque shooting January 29. (Getty)

Following the shooting, it was reported that Belkhadir was arrested by police near the mosque and Bissonnette had called police and fled from the mosque.

According to a translated report from leSoleil, Bissonnette called police and told them “he felt bad because of the gesture he had just made and was threatening to shoot himself.”

According to The Washington Post, Bissonnette was arrested 14 miles east near the shore of the St. Lawrence River, near a bridge that was closed by police, known to be Bissonnette.

As part of the pursuit, police reportedly chased a gray Mitsubishi until it was caught at the edge of an access ramp near a bridge. The translated article says there was “at least one handgun and two weapons that appeared to be AK-47s” in the backseat.”

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3. The Shooter Reportedly Entered the Mosque When Prayer Began, Belkhadir Was Participating

People come to show their support after a shooting occurred in a mosque at the Québec City Islamic cultural center on Sainte-Foy Street in Quebec city on January 29, 2017.  (Getty)

People come to show their support after a shooting occurred in a mosque at the Québec City Islamic cultural center on Sainte-Foy Street in Quebec city on January 29, 2017. (Getty)

According to a report by TVA Nouvelles, the accused shooter entered the mosque shortly after 7:30 p.m. local time, when the evening prayer service began and started firing shots at those in attendance at in the men’s section. Police say all of the victims in the mosque shooting were men between the ages of 39 and 60, CTV News reported.

The center’s president, Mohamed Yangui, said to Reuters following the ordeal, “Why is this happening here? This is barbaric.”

Bissonnette was allegedly wearing a ski mask and carrying firearms when he burst into the building and began opening fire, The Star reported.

It’s currently unclear what led to Belkhadir being held by police.

4. Belkhadir & Bissonnette Reportedly Attended Universite Laval

It’s been reported that Bissonnette and the witness, Belkhadir, were students at Universite Laval, Charles D’Amboise, a journalist for Radio-Canada, reported.

The university is about five minutes away from the shooting scene, also in Quebec City. It’s the oldest French-language university in North America, it says on the public institution’s website. It was founded by Francois de Montmorency-Laval in 1663, also being known as the first institution in North America to offer higher education in the French lanuage.

However, at a January 30 press conference, the school didn’t immediately confirm or deny that Belkhadir or Bissonnette were studying there. Éric Beauce, executive vice president and development for the school told Radio-Canada, “The police authorities did not confirm these things.” But the school did admit that it was “clear” the school and the shooters were connected in some capacity and offered to help as much as possible.

But according to his Facebook page, Bissonnette is from Cap-Rouge, Quebec and is studying anthropology and political science at the school. It was noted on the page that he has been a student there since 2012.

The Montreal Gazette wrote that the school has “stepped up security on the campus,” increasing the number of patrols and security guards. The rector (president) of university, Denis Brière, told the media that the school has a “large Muslim community” and added that he was “shocked and deeply saddened by the shootings.”

The university said it’s providing counseling to students/staff if in need.

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5. The Shooter Was Unknown to Police Prior to the Incident

The Montreal Gazette reported that police said the alleged shooter inside of the the mosque “was not known” to them before the shooting. Later it was found that Belkhadir is not a suspect in the crime, but a witness.

Any idea of a possible motive for the shooting was not immediately revealed, superintendent Martin Plant of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s C Division told media members.

Following the attack, a number of Canadian Muslim groups expressed their sympathy to the members of the mosque, Metro News reported. Haroun Bouazzi, president of AMAL-Quebec, a Muslim human-rights group in Montreal told the news outlet:

A number of Canadian Muslim groups have expressed shock and anger at the attack.
“Quebec Muslims are frightened right now. We are urgently waiting for answers as to how and why such a tragedy could occur.

This post will be updated.

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60 comments

    • Wow, great journalism! For the rest of the people, Laval University was founded in 1663 by François de Laval !!! It’s not related with the city of Laval!

    • LOL….great fact checking right! Author, what is the link between the city of Laval and the University? None, other then both being named after the first bishop of Quebec. The university of Laval is located in Quebec City and has no campuses in Laval. Please correct.

    • So that is your important take on the article? Typos, non-important factual errors, grammar?

      How about it is obvious that some immigrant from a disparate culture to Canada’s (not the BS utopian crap Trudeau clan likes to peddle to Canadians as part of some Kalergian wet dream), started more pain and hurt for Canada.

      If you are not Judeo-Christian European ancestry, you should get out of Canada. You simply don’t belong.

      • such a shot your pen name is “white”…PS you’re not native to Canada if you are white. Tim to remove your head from your bottom or block rebel media, it’s polluting your brain.

        • Such stupidity .. anybody born in Canada is native to Canada. If you are referring to the savage tribes that lived here before white settlement, they are known as indigenous people. Time for YOU to stat thinking more, and commenting less.

        • Please stop spreading hate like your neighbors. They are doing it only to justify their huge corruption at government level, the billions of dollar of War cost is their main cause of misery. I personally respect the Canadian people a lot. People who migrated there only wants a peaceful life.

      • While “White” isn’t bright, I’ll reiterate a couple facts for the benefit of other readers who may not be as slow as he is. Canadians of European descent are 220% more likely to be in jail than are South Asian Canadians, where most Muslim immigrants come from. Euro Canadians are about 15% less likely to be in prison than are West Asian Canadians, and given what we know about actual arrest and prosecution rates of visible minorities, that means Canadians of West Asian descent are very likely no less peaceful than Euro Canadians, on average. Additionally (and I realize that philosophical consistency is not something “White” is concerned with) the fact is that everyone who’s not of Aboriginal descent could be said to be interlopers, if you take the anti-immigrant stance to its logical completion.
        Does that mean all non-Aboriginals should be expelled, since they’re all just thieves and murders? Does it mean that all Euro Canadians should be deported back to Scotland and Italy because they’re just naturally violent, untrustworthy people?
        Of course not. What it means is that race- and ethnicity-based ideologies and the people who espouse them are stupid. They have these beliefs because they are failures in their personal lives. They feel a need to scapegoat someone else rather than take responsibility for themselves. if it wasn’t brown people, he’d blame women, or his in-laws, the Americans, or Manitobans. It really makes no difference. He’s just a loser looking for someone weaker than him to kick.
        We need to fight trolls and racists whenever they dip their cowardly toes into the public discourse.

      • The shooter (Bissonnette), appears to be of Judeo-Christian European ancestry. He caused the pain and hurt. He is probably not an immigrant, but the descendant of them. I cant make logic out of what you are trying to say.

      • White is a racist moron and it shows. I apologize for the ignorance of this hateful person. Funny though the perpetrator was actually of White Christian European Decent. Maybe white mis-wrote the people who need to leave?

  1. No all cultural groups mix well. Up until Trudeau senior we were a relatively cohesive group of cultures. Then Trudeau 1.0 let in the Asians and we are now a declining nation. Urban centres look more like Asian cities.

    Whites deserve a homogeneous home as well.

    • I know “White” is not really able to address reality, maybe for personal emotional reasons, maybe due to a low IQ or lack of education, or a combination of the three, who knows, but for the benefit of other readers, the reason this particular comment is stupid is because “White” doesn’t understand history. The fact is, there was no concept of a “white” race when Canada became a nation. It was then and remains now an extremely diverse country. Aboriginal, English, Scottish, Italian, Polish, German, Irish, African, French, Protestants, Jews, and Catholics were not a magically homogeneous “white” group which got along in cultural harmony by virtue of their superficially similar-looking skin. The concept, like “White,” is laughable. The various groups who were living in Canada often hated each other. Their compatriots in the old countries fought multiple gigantic, gruesome wars with each other. The English and French Canadians had endless bitter disputes which often turned violent. The idea of a white race is nonsense. What “White” really means when he refers to a “white” race is actually a group of people who have light skin and are male, dim-witted, fearful, and have a strong sense that they are owed more than they have been able to achieve with their lives. That’s the “white” race. It doesn’t include Canadians or European descent who are not fearful losers.
      Furthermore, Canada is not in decline. Income has risen as fast as ever, faster than it has in other rich countries with people who have more uniform skin tones. Cultural achievements and technological development continue apace, Canadian cities are among the greatest in the world by any measure other than weather, and Canada is in many ways the strongest it’s ever been. If Canadian cities look like Asian cities, it’s because they’re both new and prosperous, with cranes on their horizons building skyscrapers and public works.

      • Actually He is of French Canadian decent, but hey thanks for your “Racist” response. No the country isn’t getting better, Jobs are leaving left right and center! The average Canadian is suffering because the Liberal Party caters to minority groups.. yeah I know when I say Minority you think race, this is not America, When I say minority I rather mean Eco Warriors and left idealist not poc or other races. Instead of putting more financial pressure on people with higher Hydro Costs carbon taxation and the like, or putting the governments debt upon the people how about a stronger government that has a clue how to manage money and not put us further and further in debt prior to Trudeau`s election we were on target for a huge surplus in funds, since he has been in office were now targeted for a trillion dollar deficit. Voting in the Liberals everywhere will come back to bite the country in the ass!

  2. Now we have it in our own country. Let’s see if the government got enough back-bone to get rid of these killers, for good. Terrorism from within or not these animals deserves
    the death penalty.

  3. I am very saddened by this senseless act of violence… My prayers and condolences go to everyone affected by this needless act. Understanding the motives is critical for investigative purposes, and for us as a country. I am curious to learn and better understand more… What was the context, what is the affiliations and motives behind this act by these people? With time and better understanding I hope we will find the “truth”…. Was this an attack on a people of religion by unhinged individuals, or the manipulation of current climate by radical elements to facilitate an escalation of divisiveness (either way it is very sad, however my hope is that the later is not the case)? My belief that justice, respect and common sense will keep clear our vision, our minds open as we seek to heal these wounds, and get to the root of such a heinous crime.

    • so is he a muslim convert? what is the motivation does anyone know? I heard they were members of a mosque attacking a rival mosque.

    • So you’re saying a cover up right, funny how he supposedly stay around the mosque… waiting to get caught… h’m.
      Sounds like BS… an there was only the other guy, lol
      Just after ‘justin’ stated all refugees are welcome…

      ‘Other likes include the Israel Defense Forces, United With Israel’
      ^By deception.

        • wtf are u talking about? You think this is a hoax or something? God there’s always tards like you when stuff like this happens

        • The shooter is white and has a Quebecois accent. Mr. Khadir (who has not been identified by authorities as an immigrant) is a witness and is not implicated in the shooting. Perhaps you need to read more closely and inform yourself before you start making such racist, unCanadian statements.

  4. I wonder if Alexandre influenced Mohamed? Or if it was Mohamed that influenced Alexandre. When I was young their was no terrorist thinking in Québec or elsewhere in Canada????? Sorry but bring some immigrants Canada!!!!!!! Change the thinking of are childrens!!!!!! put them terorists stuff in there head! Bravo! Canada! When? is the next batch coming!!!!!!

  5. The medias wrongly named the second person (now consider a witness and not a suspect) Mohamed Khadir but is name is Mohamed Belkhadir. Please revise your articles.

  6. Alexandre Bissonnette is scheduled to appear this afternoon at the Palais de Justice in Quebec City, Mohamed was released as a witness. I hope Trump is happy.

    • So when Isis terrorists kill do we say i hope Muslims are happy. What utter claptrap as this type of stuff s been happening before trump got elected and even then this happened on Canadian soil by Canadian citizen/s so own your own racism.

  7. How comes this article claims Mohamed Khadir was now “considered a witness” and all potential charges against him have been dropped yet all other media stuff at the time of this post says hes a suspect still being detained ?

  8. How do you enter a church/mosque with your buddy wearing ski masks, and stand there while your buddy shoots up the place and makes multiple trips to his car to get ammo… get arrested by cops….then get released a few hours later as they call you a “witness”? Now just how in the world does any of that make any sense? This is statements made by other witness’s at the scene and in the mosque itself… Just how in the world could that even remotely happen that way?

    • God knows as the story changes depending on whose article you read.

      Its also strange to call it an act of terrorism at this stage when even the police don’t have a motive yet from the suspects or suspect as the case maybe. When have you ever heard of a terrorist feeling guilt and turning themselves in, talk about at this stage, “how long is a piece of string”. Whats wrong these days, mass murderer not impact enough a title to incite fear or was the intent more so by officials to rile people up considering the stuff going off in the USA.

    • Sounds like Canada is trying to cover up that a Muslim was involved in the shooting! I find it odd that they don’t or have not released more information.

  9. So basically, the authorities made the muslim boy disapear from the suspect list to avoid the public understanding the truth. Muslims killing muslims !

  10. Shouldn’t this article be removed? This man is being dragged through the dirt because he was wrongly suspected as being a shooter when he was just a witness to the crime. I feel like posting his name in association with the actual shooter just adds to the confusion. Generally, witnesses are never actually named anyway and there’s no need for “5 fast facts” about someone who almost got shot and then called 911.

    • Please, media pros, stop using the idea that “potential charges” can be “dropped.” There were no charges. There was nothing to drop. Leave the innuendo and inferences to the unthinking idiots, don’t feed them with this kind of crap. Thank you.

  11. Guy went berzerk! Finally had enough of radical islam. He just snapped after all the innocent attacks on non-muslims around the world. But not good to become one of them! smh

  12. Chris, we get it, you want the narrative to be the white guy was the shooter and not the Muslim with him. You don’t HAVE to address Belkhadir as “the witness” every single mention in the article. It’s called subtlety. Learn how to make propaganda that inst COMPLETELY obvious.

  13. Re Quebec shooting, now the police are saying only one person, Bissonnette a white native Quebecan, did the shooting, and Belkhadir a Moroccan who was also arrested, was just a witness.

    This is very very suss as originally multiple witnesses said 2 (or 3) masked people entered the Mosque and began shooting.

    I would not hesitate in believing the facts of this case have been run through a propaganda machine by Trudeau, to fit the libtard narrative and make Trump look like the villain. That the facts were not released until at least 36 hours after the event indicates manipulation of the facts and spin was given an opportunity.

    Other interesting facts:
    – the two arrested attended the same university.
    – the media are not reporting this. why?
    – in fact, the media are not saying anything about the Moroccan’s background. (more often than not, lies are apparent by what is not said, rather than what is.)
    – the Moroccan is reported as having been in the wrong place at the wrong time and had contacted 911.
    – the Moroccan is NOT being reported as a member of the Mosque,

    highly highly suspicious of being a spin to fit the libtard narrative.

    • 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 they 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.

      “There were even kids. There was even a three-year-old who was with his father.”

  14. I don’t believe it. This entire story is a fabrication to make Belkhadir ‘look’ like a wittiness, so the act can be portrayed as anti-Islamic. BS

  15. There are a some things that doesn’t makes sense , did the alleged shooter and Muhammed know each other ? Why did he shout allua Akbar ?
    What is the motive ? Is it difficult to to see who is a policeman in Canada ? I am thinking about the clothes. Muhammed ran out from the mosque when he saw a guy , the police, with a gun . Is the police telling us everything or is there a reason Rhee holding back ? Who is the shooter , why did he do it ? There has to be some reason .

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