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Survivor of Quebec mosque shooting recounts how deadly night changed his life

People pray at a funeral service for three of the six victims of the Quebec City mosque shooting at the Quebec City convention centre Friday, February 3, 2017.
People pray at a funeral service for three of the six victims of the Quebec City mosque shooting at the Quebec City convention centre Friday, February 3, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

One of the victims of the Quebec City mosque shooting has testified that Alexandre Bissonnette seemed calm and almost as though he was playing a video game when he embarked on his murderous rampage in January 2017.

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Said Akjour recounted details Tuesday from that night when six fellow worshipers were gunned down and he was struck by a bullet in the shoulder.

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Akjour told Bissonnette’s sentencing arguments he missed eight months of work and still can’t work full-time.

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His sleep is interrupted by nightmares and he sees danger at every turn, even when he’s at the grocery store or at the library.

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Akjour says his eight-year-old son has been terrorized by the attack: he won’t step foot in the mosque any longer and the youngster regularly checks up on him to make sure he’s still alive.

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Bissonnette, 28, pleaded guilty last month to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder in the shooting.

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