2014 Ottawa Shootings

2014 Ottawa Shootings19 posts

At around 10am, Oct 22, a gunman shot and killed a soldier at Ottawa’s War Memorial. The gunman then seized a car which he drove to nearby Parliament buildings, where he entered and gunfire was exchanged. The gunman was killed, but another is believed to be still at large.

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25 Oct, 2014

‘Heightened concern’

NYPD Commissioner Bratton says there is no indication that Thompson’s attack is related to the attacks in Canada or to extremist ideology, but says this is still being investigated:

I think certainly the heightened concern is relative to that type of assault based on what just happened in Canada.


Sharpened flagpoles into spears

Conservative members of Parliament prepared to do battle by taking down flagpoles and sharpening them into spears while Harper hid inside a nearby cabinet. Member of parliament:

These guys were up there holding these spears ready to impale anyone who came in. It was that or get mowed down.

24 Oct, 2014

Attacks raise concerns over ISIS influence

Terror Incident

The attacks in Canada and New York raise concerns over the group’s ability to inspire lone wolf attackers. While there are no indications of direct involvement, each of the attackers is thought to have been inspired by ISIS messages, and all three attacks came in less than a month after ISIS called for individual jihad in Western countries. William McCants, a scholar of Islamist militancy at the Brookings Institution:

The Al Qaeda ‘fan boys’ never did this, definitely not in so coordinated a fashion in so close a time.

Mokhtar Awad, a researcher at the liberal Center for American Progress, based in Washington, says the group’s social media messages have changed sharply, from ‘come join the attack’ to ‘we are being attacked and what are you doing? You are just sitting there!’

They are trying to shame sympathizers.  ’If you can’t join us over here, at least do what you can over there.’

23 Oct, 2014

Final moments

nathan-cirillo-final-momentsWitness Barbara Winters describes Cirillo’s final moments and what she said to him as she assisted him:

You are loved. Your family loves you. You’re a good man


Lived at homeless shelter

Police collect Zehaf-Bibeau’s belongings from the Ottawa Mission shelter. He had stayed there for between one and two weeks, and befriended two other men and they had been trying to track down a vehicle. He often told them about Islam. A resident says he told people they should be praying five times a day:

Because the end of the world is coming


Expedited security measures

Harper says Canada will expedite powers of detention and surveillance following the shooting. He tells the House of Commons:

They need to be much strengthened, and I assure you, Mr. Speaker, that work which is already under way will be expedited.


No evidence yet of extremist ties

The Canadian government says there is no evidence at this stage of ties between Zehaf-Bibeau and extremist ideology, but notes that it is still early in the investigation.


Passport recently seized

The Globe & Mail hears from sources that Zehaf-Bibeau was designated a high-risk traveler.

22 Oct, 2014

Harper: Attacks ‘terrorism’

In a national address, Harper calls the incident the country’s second terrorist attack in three days.

This week’s events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere…We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated…In the days to come we will learn about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had


Gunman identified

The gunman killed by Vickers is identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau by various news agencies, quoting intelligence officials. Zehaf-Bibeau, who reportedly converted to Islam, has been brought to US agencies’ attentions, according to two American officials. One of the officials said that the man was from Quebec.

Police did not directly answer questions from reporters about the possibility that another shooter – or shooters – were still at large.

Canadian broadcaster CBC reported that Bibeau had a record of drug arrests going back 10 years.


Soldier identified

Nathan CirilloThe soldier who died is identified by his aunt as as 24-year-old Corporal Nathan Cirillo. She tells the Globe and Mail he was training to join the Canada Border Services Agency.


Obama ‘shaken’

Obama condemns the shootings in Canada, saying the motive for the shootings remained unknown, but that as more becomes known, that information will be factored into U.S. security considerations.

 [They are] outrageous attacks. We’re all shaken by it.

We have to remain vigilant.

Earlier Obama spoke by telephone Wednesday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, offerring condolences on behalf of the American people.


Spike in ISIS-related chatter

A counter-terror source says ISIS-related chatter spiked in the five days leading up to the shooting, focusing on Canada’s coalition role. Translated tweet:

soldiers of #Islamic_state who are everywhere around the globe declared war on the coalition countries


Soldier dies


The solider dies of his wounds at Ottawa Civic Hospital. Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney, minister of employment and social development, confirms:

Two other patients are stable. Once with a gunshot wound, the other with other injuries.


One gunman killed, guard shot

One gunman is shot and killed just outside the MPs caucus rooms, by Vickers, the House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms. One guard is shot in the leg. Another gunman is reportedly still at large.


Prime Minister safe

Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper leaves Parliament Hill and is safe:


Shots fired in Parliament

The gunman drives away from the war monument, and heads to the Parliament buildings on Parliament Hill. Witnesses say his face is covered in a scarf or mask. He enters Canada’s Parliament. At least 30 shots are fired in an exchange of fire with guards.

Globe and Mail footage captures shooting in Ottawa Parliament building

Police in bulletproof vests and automatic weapons surround the streets near Parliament, telling people to clear the area, shouting:

We do not have the suspect in custody. You are in danger here.

All cell phones in the area are blocked. Members of Parliament are told to lock themselves in their offices, and stay away from the windows: Security Alert:

 If your door does not lock, find a way to barricade the door, if possible. Do not open a door under any circumstances.


Soldier shot near war memorial

IMG_4959.JPG.jpegA gunman shoots and wounds a soldier, a reservist, serving in Hamilton, from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, at Ottawa’s War Memorial. Witnesses describe a man pulls up in a car in front of the monument just before 10am, gets out with a rifle and starts firing shots at the soldiers standing guard. About five or six shots were fired. One soldier is hit on the steps at the foot of the Cenotaph. Bystanders and paramedics provided emergency medical care. The soldier, believed to be a man in his 30s, was taken to Ottawa Civic Hospital by ambulance suffering from gunshots to his abdomen. Medical personnel are seen giving him cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

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