After Sunday’s deadly shooting at a Quebec City Mosque, precautions are being taken in Regina to ensure the safety of Muslims in the community.
Elizabeth Popowich with the Regina Police Service said officers will be frequently patrolling areas around Mosques, and are also planning on supervising a planned vigil Monday night.
“We have been advised of the possibility of a vigil tonight, we will have officers present just to observe. Again it’s just as a precaution and reassurance,” Popowich said at a news conference.
Popowich said in the past there have been cases of vandalism at local Mosques, but she is unaware of officers ever having to respond to a crime in progress, which means a person is currently on the scene that is unwanted or causing harm.
The Cultural and Community Diversity Unit, is also going to be following up with the Muslim community, assuring them that police should be contacted if there is an incident in progress.
“The Cultural and Community Diversity Unit’s work everyday is building relationships in the community, that’s very important at time like this, when you have people who may feel concerned or nervous about their own safety, even though we have no indication of an elevated risk. It’s very important that we let people know they are in our awareness and that we already have an existing relationship ,” Popowich said.
Last night gunmen broke into the Quebec City Mosque during a prayer session and proceeded to shoot and kill six men and wound 19 others, some critically.
One suspect is in custody, another was released after it was determined he was a witness to the shooting.
Alexandre Bissonette 27, is the name of the lone suspect in custody.
He is believed to be the only gunman in the incident.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the attack this morning, saying Canadians will stand together with the Muslim community, adding we will not fight violence with more violence.
“To the injured, to the family members of these innocent victims, to the people of Quebec, and to all Canadians, know that we will get to the bottom of this. Such senseless violence has no place in Canadian society,” Trudeau said on Monday.
Premier Brad Wall also spoke out Monday condemning the shootings.
“It’s just unspeakably horrific that this shooting has occurred, that lives have been lost and so many others are injured. We don’t know the reasons why, but I’m not sure that matters today, today our thoughts and prayers are with all of those that were impacted by this,” Wall said.