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Preface: This article will not be linking to any of the articles or videos that call the shooting a hoax or use the shooting to further a xenophobic agenda.
When any tragedy occurs, humans tend to show the best of themselves.
In response to the Quebec Mosque shooting, vigils were held across Canada in memory of the six men who were shot while praying. Over $200,000 was raised in a GoFundMe campaign for the victims’ families and politicians of every stripe denounced the attack. However, while most of the world was in shock, some set to work discrediting the shooting as a hoax or actively using it to further a xenophobic agenda.
Simply put, a truther movement surrounding the Quebec shooting has started.
While there is still much we don’t know about the attack we’re starting to get a picture of what happened. According to police, Alexandre Bissonnette, a 27-year-old Quebec man, walked into the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec and fired into a crowd, killing six men. We know he called police and surrendered later in the evening. Bissonnette has been described by people who knew him as a far-right online troll, but, at the moment, the motive behind the shooting is still unknown. We likely won’t know the full story until the trial but every day a clearer picture is painted of what happened.
During the beginning of the news coverage, scarce bits of information were released rapidly without much time or opportunity for confirmation. It was difficult to tell what was true and both left and right wing outlets were forced to correct some early reports of a second shooter and other likewise information—much of which has since been debunked. We know that a man named Mohamed Belkhadir was arrested at the scene, and was released twelve hours later as a witness. Belkhadir described what happened to him that night to the Toronto Star.