Canadian Mounted Police have used Twitter to confirm that the shooting was carried out by a “lone wolf” and not two gunmen as originally stated. A French-Canadian university student, Alexandre Bissonnette, is the single suspect.
The Police tweet said: “…following the investigation, the second individual is now considered as a witness”.
It is understood that the second man, of Moroccan descent, is now being treated as a witness to the shooting.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the shooting at a Quebec City Mosque on Sunday evening [local time], that has killed six people and injured others, calling it a “terrorist attack”.
As Muslims prayed inside the Mosque, it is believed that heavily-armed gunmen opened fire. Police have confirmed that two suspects had been arrested and said they did not believe others were involved.
In a statement, Mr Trudeau said:
“We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge.
“Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country.”