Police in Canada have released video showing how a lone gunman stormed into Canada’s parliament on Wednesday.
Minutes before, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, had shot dead a soldier at Ottawa’s war memorial near parliament.
Zehaf-Bibeau was ultimately shot dead by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers.
He was not on a list of known high-risk travellers, but had links to extremist elements, police said. He had recently applied for a passport and intended to travel to Syria.
At a news conference on Thursday, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Commissioner Bob Paulson described Zehaf-Bibeau as a Canadian-born petty criminal with possible dual citizenship in Libya, where his father was from.
Mr Paulson said Zehaf-Bibeau was not among the 90 individuals known to Canadian security forces as a “high-risk traveller”, contrary to earlier reports.
Nor was he linked to the Muslim convert who on Monday killed a Canadian soldier in Quebec in a hit-and-run attack.
“[Zehaf-Bibeau] was an individual who may have held extremist beliefs,” said Mr Paulson, who suggested the passport application process may have driven him to violence.
“I think the passport figured prominently in his motives. I’m not inside his head, but I think it was central to what was driving him.”
Video shows he hijacked a minister’s car, then sped off toward Centre Block, by now pursued by police.
At Centre Block, he left the stolen car and ran into the building, exchanging gunfire with House of Commons security forces and RCMP officers.
He was ultimately shot dead by Sergeant-at-Arms Vickers, a former senior RCMP officer, who received a standing ovation in parliament on Thursday.
Only one minute and 23 seconds elapsed between the time Zehaf-Bibeau parked his own car and when he entered Center Block.