Parliament Hill Shooting

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a 32 year-old from Quebec, shot and killed ceremonial guard Corporal Nathan Cirillo on Oct. 22 before moving toward Parliament Hill’s Centre Block, where he was killed while exchanging gunfire with security. A video made by the shooter has been collected by police, in which he explains the motive for the shooting by saying it is an “action in the name of Allah and in response to Canadian foreign policy.”

After shooting Nathan Cirillo, Zehaf-Bibeau drove toward Centre Block with his own vehicle before abandoning it to carjack a parliamentary vehicle. At this point, he was being pursued by police who had witnessed the carjacking. Security footage taken at Parliament Hill shows Zehaf-Bibeau erratically park in the front of the Peace Tower, a building of Parliament Hill, and brandish his Winchester rifle as he exits the vehicle—causing nearby citizens to run.

Security guard Samearn Son initially tried to break Zehaf-Bibeau’s grasp on his weapon, but a gunshot to Son’s leg thwarted the attempt. The injury was not life-threatening. Shortly after, Zehaf-Bibeau made his way down a hallway that led to the Parliament’s library. In this hall, a firefight broke out that resulted in Zehaf-Bibeau being pinned down behind a pillar and later shot.

During the early stages of the shooting within Parliament Hill, Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers heard gunfire as he was working in his office. As the head of security, Vickers retrieved a pistol from a lock-box and engaged with Zehaf-Bibeau. Vickers dealt the final shots to Zehaf-Bibeau. A photo taken post-shooting shows Vickers with his pistol still out, as he was unsure at the time if Zehaf-Bibeau acted alone.

One day prior to the shooting, Zehaf-Bibeau was seen at a ServiceOntario attempting to buy a used car. He raised his voice to customers and went on to say, “If soldiers bombed your family, wouldn’t you want to kill them?” ServiceOntario staff asked him to calm down or he would be forced to leave. Regardless, Zehaf-Bibeau was unable to complete the transaction due to lacking the proper identification.

Branden Stevenson, a ceremonial guard who was on duty with Nathan Cirillo, returned to his post on Nov 3. at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is where Zehaf-Bibeau began his spree. Nathan Cirillo’s funeral took place on Oct. 28 in Hamilton. Over 4,000 military and police personnel took part in the procession.