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Five Muslim worshipers were injured on Saturday when they were shot at as they left a mosque in Scarborough, a town near the Canadian city of Toronto (center), several media reported citing the local police.
Worshipers were “attacked indiscriminately” in a drive-by shooting in Scarborough early Saturday after finishing a prayer, the Toronto Police Service (TPS) spokesperson said. David Rydzick.
“Around 1 a.m. Saturday, the group of people celebrating Ramadan were in the parking lot discussing where to eat after they finished praying, in the area of Markham Road and Lawrence Avenue East,” said specified the same source.
“As they were here and about to leave, shots rang out. Unfortunately, five people were hit by these bullets which we believe may have come from a passing vehicle,” added Rydzik, who hosted a press conference on Saturday afternoon.
Arriving at the scene of the attack, a parking lot near the prayer hall, police found four individuals with serious gunshot wounds, he said.
Although seriously affected, the lives of these people are not in danger.
A fifth injured individual made his way to the hospital on his own.
Rydzik pointed out that three of the five injured, aged 28 to 35, have already left the hospital.
Referring to some details of the attack, the police spokesman said that “at least six shots were heard, but it is not known if they came from one or more shooters”.
He added that, according to the first elements of the investigation, “the suspects fled the scene in a blue car”.
“We believe the suspects were in a passing vehicle. We are working very hard to gather surveillance video footage to try to corroborate this so at this stage I cannot say for sure which vehicle was used in this shooting nor do I have a description suspect at this time,” the spokesperson continued.
Reacting to the attack, Nadeem Sheikh, a board member of the Muslim Association of Scarborough, called on the authorities “to apprehend the suspects”.
“I am really upset and worried. Five mature, adult, family-oriented men were injured,” he said.
For his part, the federal Minister of Public Security, Marco Mendocino, reacted on Twitter by saying he was “deeply saddened by the shooting and relieved to learn that the lives of the victims are no longer in danger”.
For her part, Khera Kamal, MP for Brampton West, said: “Hate and Islamophobia are never acceptable”, adding that “Muslims deserve to be able to observe this holy month without fear for their safety. “.
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