Canadian police said the man who killed a soldier and stormed into Parliament with a rifle last week in Ottawa was fueled by “ideological and political motives,” citing a video they found in their investigation.
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau “prepared a video recording of himself just prior to conducting this attack,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson said in a statement Sunday, adding the video won’t be released for now.
The shooter, who had lived in an Ottawa homeless shelter before buying a car used in the attack, had access to a lot of money earned while working in Alberta’s oil sands, the RCMP said. Evidence suggests the shooter took a knife from his aunt’s property in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, and said it’s possible his “old and uncommon” rifle was stored and taken from there as well, the RCMP said.
“The RCMP is also investigating Zehaf-Bibeau’s interactions with numerous individuals in the days leading up to this attack,” Paulson said in the statement. “The investigation is focusing on whether these interactions could have contributed or facilitated, in any way, the terrorist attack subsequently committed by Zehaf-Bibeau.”
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The police didn’t say what type of political or ideological motive was displayed in the video, and that the investigation “remains exceptionally active and fluid.”
The son of a Canadian public servant and a Libyan father, Zehaf-Bibeau went to a Montreal private school before descending into a string of crimes. He converted to Islam, then became radicalized, police said last week.