Here’s What We Know So Far About The Man Who Fired At The Canadian Parliament

The man underwent a psychiatric assessment almost three years ago.

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A gunman attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday. It started with gunfire erupting near a room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with members of his Conservative party.

Two soldiers were shot while on honorary guard duty at the Canadian War Memorial. One of them, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, died of his injuries later.

The gunman was shot dead by the parliament's sergeant-at-arms who is now being hailed a hero by MPs who were caught in the building as dozens of shots were fired.

Federal sources have identified the assailant as a 32-year-old man named Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.

While an investigation is underway into the incident, here’s what we know so far about the accused attacker:

1. A Twitter account associated with Islamic State militants (now removed) tweeted a photo they identified as the Ottawa shooter.

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2. The Globe and Mail reports that the shooter was designated a “high-risk traveler” by the Canadian authorities. His passport had been confiscated when they learned he planned to go fight overseas, a U.S. law enforcement official told CNN's Susan Candiotti.

3. An anonymous government source added that Zehaf-Bibeau was a recent convert to Islam.

4. A man with the same name was arrested at least five times while living in Montreal, according to a criminal court database searched by The Montreal Gazette.

5. His mother’s name is Suzanne Bibeau and she works for Immigration Canada as deputy chairperson of the immigration division.

6. Quebec court records – as cited by the Gazette – show Bibeau divorced a man named Bulgasem Zehaf, originally from Libya, in 1999.

7. In February 2004, “Zehaf-Bibeau” was reportedly charged for possession of marijuana and possession of PCP. He pleaded guilty to both charges in December that year, ending up serving one day in prison for marijuana possession and 60 days for PCP possession.

8. In 2009, a “Michael Bibeau-Zehaf” was again arrested for illegal possession of marijuana.

9. In December 2011, a man named “Zehaf-Bibeau” was found guilty of robbery and uttering threats, a lesser charge in Vancouver, British Columbia.

10. During that time, the man underwent a psychiatric assessment prior to his conviction and was found fit to stand trial, records show.

Related: Canada's Parliament Attacked, Soldier Fatally Shot Nearby

As of now, the Canadian law enforcement authorities have not confirmed any of the available information on “Zehaf-Bibeau.” However, Marc Coucy of the Ottawa Police told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that officers were looking for "multiple suspects" in shootings at three locations.

The police have yet to reveal if there was more than one gunman involved in the incident.

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