The long suspect in the shooting at the Quebec City mosque Sunday night is expected to be charged with six counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder.
Alexandre Bissonnette, a 27-year-old student at Université Laval, is the sole suspect in what is now being treated as a terrorist attack.
The Sûreté du Québec will not confirm the identity of the suspect, who is expected to be arraigned at the Quebec City courthouse late Monday afternoon. However, several media reports say Bissonnette is the suspect and police were present at a house owned by his parents in the Cap-Route district of Quebec City where a search was conducted on Monday.
Bissonnette’s father is listed in the sales deed as an investigator. According to Bissonnette’s Facebook page — which has since been taken offline — his grandfather was a decorated war hero.
As for the suspected shooter himself, his Facebook page does not reveal a great deal about his possible motivations.
His musical tastes appear to range from Katy Perry to Megadeth.
Université Laval confirmed Monday evening that the suspect was a student there, studying in the Social Sciences department.
The young man, who dressed up as the Grim Reaper for Halloween, also “liked” Donald Trump, French Front National leader Marine Le Pen and Mathieu Bock-Cóté, a Quebec City columnist known for his pro-nationalist and anti-multicultural views.
A refugee welcome group in the capital city, however, said Bissonnette’s name and photograph were already familiar to them. In a post on Facebook, Bienvenu aux réfugiés said they learned “with sadness and anger about the identity of the terrorist Alexandre Bissonnette, unfortunately known by several militants in Quebec City for his viewpoints that were pro-LePen and anti-feminist, as expressed in social media and at Université Laval.”