Canadian authorities have confirmed that they have arrested and charged a 27-year-old student with six counts of murder, and five counts of attempted murder for the shooting attack in a mosque in Quebec, Canada, on Sunday.
Alexandre Bissonnette, a political science student at the Laval University in Quebec, made a brief court appearance in Quebec City on Monday, where he was formally charged with six counts of premeditated murder and five counts of attempted murder.
However, Bissonnette may face more charges, as the investigation into his horrific act is still ongoing.
Authorities said that Bissonnette could likely face terrorism-related, as well as national security charges, pending their investigation.
“There are search warrants underway…We hope to obtain the evidence to reach the point where we will be able to lay terrorism and national security charges,” a spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.
Bissonnette broke into the Islamic Cultural Center on Sunday evening, and opened fire on the worshippers inside the mosque.
Six men were killed during the shooting, and five others were critically injured. Thirteen other people were also taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Others managed to flee the scene, running for cover, barefoot in the snow as they screamed for help.
Bissonnette handed himself over to authorities about an hour after the attack. He was about 20 kilometers away from the scene.
Authorities have also confirmed that Bissonnette was a right-wing, anti-feminist, nationalist. He was also a supporter of newly elected US president, Donald Trump.
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, made an official announcement shortly after the attack, calling it an ‘act of terror’ and affirming that Canadians will not be intimidated.
“Last night’s horrible crime against the Muslim community was an act of terror committed against Canada and against all Canadians…Canadians will not be intimidated…We will not meet violence with more violence. We will meet fear and hatred with love and compassion[sic],” he said.
The attack came shortly after Trudeau announced that Canada will welcome Muslim refugees to their country. This, after president Trump signed an executive order in the US, banning people from various, mostly Muslim countries from entering the United States.
The order has since been recalled.