Winnipeg mosque-goers shocked, speechless about shooting in New Zealand

Muslims heading to Winnipeg’s Central Mosque for morning prayers Friday expressed shock and sorrow over a horrific tragedy unfolding on the other side of the world.Faithful told Global News they didn’t know what to say about the shooting in Christchurch, NZ Friday that saw at least 49 people dead and dozens injured at two mosques after a shooter walked in and opened fire.“I don’t know what to say … We’re praying for the people who lost their lives,” said one man.Story continues below

READ MORE: New Zealand police search home in Dunedin after mosque shootingGlobal reporter Malika Karim told 680 CJOB Friday morning that people heading out after prayers left upset and angry.“There were lots of tears, lots of after prayers,” she said. “A lot of sentiment of Islam being a peaceful religion.“All they can do right now is pray.”Karim said security doesn’t appear to be an issue at the mosque this morning.Another worshipper told Global News he watched the video the mosque shooter posted on social media, telling Karim “it looked like it was out of a video game, like it wasn’t real.”One man in his late 20s was charged with murder in connection with the incidents, the commissioner of the New Zealand Police said.Three people were arrested — one of them born in Australia — after an active shooter situation led to “significant” fatalities at the mosques during Friday prayers. Police said a fourth person was arrested Friday but that was “not related to these events.”Attacking people during prayers is absolutely appalling, and Canada strongly condemns today’s shootings in New Zealand. Our thoughts and hearts go out to the victims and their families, and we join New Zealanders and Muslim communities around the world in grieving.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 15, 2019
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