After initially saying there were two suspects, police from the Sureté du Québec confirmed around noon Monday that there was only one. The other is being considered a witness.
Court officials in Quebec City identified the men as Alexandre Bissonnette and Mohamed El Khadir. It was not immediately clear which man was the suspect. The TVA network said Mr. Bisonnette was the only suspect.
“Six of our brothers were assassinated [by shots to] the back while they were praying,” said Ben Abdallah, a local muslim community leader in Quebec City, speaking at an emotional news conference with Quebec lawmakers Monday. “They’ve left orphans.”
Among the men who died was a university professor and a shopkeeper, another community leader said, adding these were men who made key contributions to society. “Each one is a father. I want this humanity [to be expressed].”
Representatives of the muslim community who spoke at the news conference said they did not know the perpetrator of the crime.
Two history students that said they went to Cegep with Mr. Bissonnette described him as quiet and unassuming, adding he belonged to the school’s chess club.
“It’s just really surprising,” said one, who declined to give his name. “It’s scary that it would happen here,” said the other, Antoine Cabanac.
A home where Mr. Bissonnette resided in the Quebec City suburb of Cap-Rouge was searched Monday morning, neighbours confirmed.