Witness says Quebec mosque gunman was calm

The Quebec Islamic Cultural Center was open on Wednesday, three days after a gunman killed six people who were among a crowd of men, women and children just finishing prayers.

The shooting started outside the small Quebec City mosque and continued inside, according to Rachid Aouame, a mosque leader and board member who witnessed the carnage.

“As we usually did after prayers, we chatted with friends,” Aouame told CNN Wednesday, speaking in French.

As witnesses have sometimes said after other mass shootings, Aouame said he first thought fireworks were being set off outside. Then the bursts could be heard inside.

“There was panic,” he said. “People tried to run away or hide.”

Aouame said he turned around and saw the shooter, who gunned down Aouame’s friend who always stood at the same spot in the mosque.

His brother-in-law, Azzeddine Soufiane, 57, a butcher and father of three, moved…

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