Man caught on video shooting at Montreal mosque; windows damaged, no injuries

MONTREAL —
A masked person was caught on video shooting at a Montreal mosque with an air gun Monday night, the mosque said.

No one was hurt, but pockmarks from the bullets were left in the glass of the Centre Communautaire Islamique Assahaba, on Belanger St. in eastern Montreal, the mosque said in a Facebook post.

People chased after the person, who appeared to be a man, they wrote.

“A masked individual fired several bullets from a compressed air gun into the windows of the [mosque],” they wrote late Monday night. 

“The perpetrator was chased but he was able to escape us.”

window at mosqueThe shots left the windows at the mosque damaged (Photo/Angela Mackenzie, CTV)

A video they posted online shows a person, wearing baggy grey and a black hooded sweatshirt, walking in the middle of the residential street holding a gun and coming to a stop of the mask.

He stands, fiddles with his gun, fires several shots and runs away. Eleven shots can clearly be heard in the video.

 

Montreal police said the first they heard of the incident was by seeing the posted video, but they’re trying to learn more.

“We saw the video at the same time as everybody in the media, so we don’t have any clue about when it happened,” said police spokesperson Manuel Couture.

“We’re trying to get in touch with the person over there to get more information.”

Last fall, a series of mosques around the Montreal area were broken into and vandalized, with money stolen.
 


 

Man caught on video shooting at Montreal mosque; windows damaged, no injuries