Police have said that the deadly assault happened near the National Assembly of Quebec building. Radio Canada reported that at least two people are dead and at least five injured. The suspect, who is now in custody, is "a man in his mid-20s". He was armed with a sword and dressed in "medieval clothing", a Quebec City police spokesman said.
"Attention! Shortly before 1 am, the SPVQ arrested a suspect. We are still asking the citizens of Quebec City to stay inside with the doors locked as an investigation is still ongoing", police say in a tweet.
***ATTENTION*** | Peu avant 1h du matin, le SPVQ a arrêté un suspect | Nous demandons toujours aux citoyens de la ville de Québec de rester à l’intérieur, les portes verrouillées car une enquête est toujours en cours.— Service de police de la Ville de Québec (@SPVQ_police) November 1, 2020
The authorities have confirmed that five people were sent to a local hospital, but their condition remains unknown.
In the meantime, Radio Canada has reported that the perpetrator has since been hospitalised.
According to the newspaper Le Soleil, the suspect's car was found near an expensive hotel in the historical part of the city. Police reportedly found bladed weapons and canisters with fuel in the vehicle.
Un hombre apuñala a varias personas en cercanías del Parlamento de Quebec, Canadá. pic.twitter.com/xYGm9u4WhG— Prodigi0 2.0 (@Prodigi0_1) November 1, 2020
INTERNACIONAL.#Canadá | La policía de la ciudad de Quebec capturó a un hombre, vestido con ropa medieval y armado con un arma blanca, que ha apuñalado a 7 personas.— Óscar Peraza (@_OscarPeraza) November 1, 2020
2 Fallecieron y las otras 5 se encuentran fuertemente heridas. pic.twitter.com/93mjm3hBQg