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Chilling first images have emerged from the inside of a Quebec mosque where a gunman opened fire on Sunday, killing six men and wounding others.

  • Scroll down or click here for CTV National News producer Rosa Hwang's description of the shooting aftermath

Cameras and journalists were allowed inside the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec in Sainte-Foy for the first time on Tuesday night to see the space, which is now marked with blood stains and bullet holes.

CTV National News senior broadcast producer Rosa Hwang went inside the mosque, where she described seeing blood “still smeared on the walls, pools of dried blood on the carpet.”

Shoes of the dead and injured remained inside the mosque, where the men had left them to kneel and pray before the ambush.

Inside Sainte-Foy mosque

Members of the community were also allowed in the mosque. One man comforted another man who was slumped in chair, openly weeping, Hwang reported. One of the men at the mosque, Ahmed Elrefai, told The Canadian Press during the tour that some of his friends were shot in that very room. He said that members of the mosque have been eager to return, despite the inescapable visual reminders of what took place on Sunday evening.

"The message is that we will still pray, even with blood on the floor," he said.

The mosque’s vice-president, Mohamed Labidi, said he wanted to open up the mosque so that the public could see what the victims experienced there. One of those victims, Azzeddine Soufiane, was Labidi’s friend. He was shot to death after he ran towards the shooter and struggled with him, according to Labidi.

“He was a generous man,” he said. "Generous to the last moment of his life. He is our hero."

Ahmed El-Ghandouri said the members of the mosque have no choice but to come back and worship here.

"This is my second home," he said. "We have to return here. We don't have the choice. We have to clean, put it back in order. And we welcome people to come and see what Islam is really about."

Books at Sainte-Foy mosque

Mosque shooting

The first glimpse of the massacre’s aftermath came as Quebecers of various faiths gathered in a Quebec City Catholic Church Tuesday evening, to honour the slain men. The service at Notre-dame-de-Foy was a symbol of solidarity with the Muslim community.

Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder in connection with the attack.

Police say there are not looking for any other suspects.

CTV National News producer Rosa Hwang described the aftermath inside the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec on her Twitter account: