Despite initial reports that a gunman who opened fire near the Canadian Parliament building did not act alone, Canadian police confirmed Thursday there was only one shooter in Wednesday’s attack in Ottawa.
The suspect, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was fatally shot by police during the terrifying rampage. The attack killed one soldier and wounded two others.
From the Huffington Post:
Zehaf-Bibeau attacked the National War Memorial on Wednesday morning before being chased inside the Canadian Parliament building, where he was killed by Kevin Vickers, a sergeant-at-arms.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper characterized the attack as an act of terrorism and vowed a renewed crackdown on terrorist activity.
Officials told the Globe and Mail that the Canadian government had been monitoring Zehaf-Bibeau over potential suspicious activity. He was deemed a “high-risk traveler” and had his passport taken away.
A friend told the Globe and Mail that Zehaf-Bibeau had experienced a religious reawakening of late. Senior U.S. officials confirmed to the New York Times that he had recently converted to Islam.
Zehaf-Bibeau’s mother also spoke out about the attack, telling the Associated Press that she was not crying for her son, but for the victims.
“Can you ever explain something like this?” she said. “We are sorry.”
Police are continuing their investigation into the shooting.
SOURCE: Huffington Post | VIDEO SOURCE: News Inc.