Canadian Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Six People in 2017 Quebec Mosque Shooting

QUEBEC CITY (Reuters) -

A former Canadian university student on Wednesday pleaded guilty to killing six men who were praying in a Quebec City mosque in January 2017, averting a trial in one of the country’s rare mass shootings.

Alexandre Bissonnette told a Quebec City court that he wanted to change his previous plea of not guilty.

The judge declared him guilty on six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau initially described the shooting as a terrorist attack, although prosecutors did not charge Bissonnette with terrorism. Police have described him as a “lone wolf” attacker. Mass shootings are rare in Canada, where gun control laws are stricter than the United States.