Thursday, October 23, 2014

Some Background On The Ottawa Gunman

The Mail Online has published an extensive article on Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the Canadian National War Memorial and then stormed into the Canadian Parliament, and on yesterday's events.

A few points:

Zehaf-Bibeau was the son of Bulgasem Zehaf, a Libyan businessman who once owned a restaurant, and Susan Bibeau, who worked for the Immigrant and Refugee Board.  This would most likely mean that although Zehaf-Bibeau was reportedly a convert to Islam, his father is also a Muslim.

Although his last name combined those of his parents, Zehaf-Bibeau was born with the name Michael Joseph Hall.  He had a long criminal record, including marijuana possession, PCP possession, assault, a weapons charge, and robbery.

Zehaf-Bibeau was raised in the Montreal suburb of Laval, recently lived in British Columbia, and traveled to the United States four times.

To travel the short distance between the War Memorial and the Parliament, Zehaf-Bibeau apparently hijacked a car.  This act appears to have been recorded by another motorist's dashboard camera.  After entering the Parliament building, he was fatally shot by their Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers.

Read the full article.

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