Gunman Who Shot Three Worshippers Inside a Zurich Mosque, Remains At-Large
Zurich, home to Switzerland’s financial capital, became the newest victim of a lone wolf style attack. As worshipers prayed inside the Zurich Islamic Center, an unidentified man entered and started shooting indiscriminately into the crowd. Witnesses claim the shooter wore dark clothing and a dark colored hat.
With investigations ongoing, Swiss officials are awaiting the availability of specific information before speculating about possible motivations for the mosque attack. Reporters were informed by police spokesperson Marco Bisa, that the attack is not being considered an act of terror.
The three critically injured victims taken to the hospital were Somali, according to Abukar Abshirow, a 30-year-old Somali man who regularly visits the Zurich Islamic Center.
Despite a relatively high concentration of gun ownership in the country, Switzerland does not often experience mass shootings or gun violence. Rather than amass personal armories preparing for Armageddon (like U.S. gun enthusiasts), Swiss men are encouraged to keep their service rifle once they have completed mandatory military service.
Swiss residents living in or around Zurich will not sleep easy till this gunman is apprehended by authorities.