The soldier who was killed in today’s shooting rampage in Ottawa, Canada has been identified. He was Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. He was 24 years old.
The soldier that was killed was identified as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, according to his aunt. Cpl. Cirillo, who was a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, a regiment of Reserve Forces based in Hamilton, was training to join the Canada Border Services Agency, his aunt told The Globe and Mail.
“We’re still in the process of an active operation right now. We’re treating this very seriously with the RCMP in identifying and clearing Parliament Hill to render it safe,” Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau told a mid-afternoon media briefing.
The shooter who was killed has also been identified. His name was Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32. Witnesses report that he was wearing a black jump suit and a white scarf during the attack. According to reports, he drove up to the National War Memorial of Canada and shot Cirillo in the chest. He then made his way into the parliament building nearby and opened fire inside, where the sergeant-at-arms killed him. Reports of a third shooting at a nearby mall turned out not to be true.
Canadian police continue to search for other gunmen.
Update: Zehaf-Bibeau is reportedly of Algerian descent, and was recently designated a “high-risk” traveler by Candada’s government. His passport had reportedly been seized. Canada recently announced that it would revoke passports of anyone found to be trying to support ISIS.
Update: And then there’s this — ISIS has posted what it claims is a photo of the murderer during the attack.
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