A Canadian soldier guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa was shot and killed yesterday, Wednesday and a burst of gunfire minutes later terrorized Parliament and sent lawmakers scrambling for safety.
Sources identified the gunman as Michael Joseph Hall, 32, a convert to Islam who was using the name Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. He was confirmed dead. The victim he murdered was identified as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo (pictured above) of Hamilton, Ontario, a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, one of Canada’s largest reserve units.
The reservist soldier shot dead Wednesday as he stood guard at Canada’s War Memorial in Ottawa was photographed by a Parliament Hill visitor mere moments before the horrific act of terror.
Corporal Nathan Cirillo is pictured in what is in all likelihood the final photo taken of the 24-year-old father before he was shot at close range and fatally wounded.
Seconds later, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot Cirillo, whose ceremonial weapon was not loaded. The soldier was rushed to a hospital, but soon succumbed to the wounds. The attack comes at a time of heightened concern about terrorism in Canada.
Twitter user Kamakazi19982 posted the photo with the caption:
‘Ok so we were on a tour at the war monument in Ottawa a few minutes ago, a few seconds later there was a shooting.’
A tourist snapped this photo, likely the last ever taken of Corporal Nathan Cirillo (pictured left)
Responders frantically tried reviving Cirillo at the base of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Friends described Cirillo as a fitness fanatic. The 24-year-old worked part-time as a personal trainer as well as a bouncer at a Hamilton nightclub
Watch the action which took place at the Canadian Parliament. (Courtesy NBC News)
Source: NBC News | DailyMail UK