Believed to be Canadian born.
Tragedy and terror struck Canada’s capital city Wednesday as a gunman shot a soldier standing guard at the country’s National War Memorial before being killed later in a shootout, putting Ottawa’s downtown on lockdown and sending terrified government members and employees scrambling for safety.
The soldier was later pronounced dead from his wounds. Officials are withholding the soldier’s name pending family notification.
Law enforcement and U.S. government sources tell CBS News the dead shooting suspect is Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, born 1982, and he is believed to be Canadian-born.
Ottawa police spokesman Chuck Benoit said two or three gunmen may have been involved in the attack. Gilles Michaud, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, called it a “dynamic, unfolding situation.”
No motives for the shootings have been revealed yet, but the incidents happened one day after two other soldiers — one of whom later died — were run over by a car driven by a recent Muslim convert and jihadist sympathizer whom police also shot and killed.
Then there’s this:
— Military Studies (@ArmedResearch) October 22, 2014
We’ll see if that’s confirmed moving forward.
Catherine Herridge of Fox is reporting a recent spike in FBI chatter among ISIS types about Canada being targeted.
Canadian police are investigating a man named as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a possible suspect in the shootings around parliament, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
Two U.S. officials said that U.S. agencies have been advised that the shooter was a Canadian convert to Islam.
But hey, let’s not jump to any conclusions or anything.