Quebec mosque killer researched mass murderers online

Quebec mosque killer researched mass murderers online
Bissonnette feared Muslims would attack, kill his family

World Bulletin / News Desk

Before Alexandre Bissonnette shot dead six Muslims in a Quebec City mosque in 2017, he combed the internet for stories on mass shootings, Islam and immigration policies, a Canadian court heard Monday.

The self-confessed killer pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree murder in March. Monday was the third day of a hearing to determine what sentence Bissonnette will be given by Judge Francois Huot. He also faced six charges of attempted murder and 19 were wounded in the melee.

The 28-year-old former university student was obsessed that a terrorist attack would happen in Quebec targeting his family, he confessed to police during interrogation about 14 hours after the Jan. 29, 2017 shooting.

Bissonnette said he began drinking around noon that day.

He then switched on the television and heard that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would welcome refugees to Canada regardless of their faith. At the same time, U.S. President Donald Trump was trying to ban travel to America from seven Muslim countries.

“When I saw that, I lost it,” he told police investigator Steve Girard in the hours after his arrest.

“I was like, sure that they were going to come and kill my parents also, and my family. I was sure about that…that’s why I had to do something.”

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