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A chronology of the events of the shootout on Parliament Hill, Oct. 22, 2014

OTTAWA — A year ago, two soldiers — including one who was guarding the National War Memorial — were killed in separate attacks, which the government called terrorist acts. Here is a timeline of those tragic events:

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014:

— A man deliberately drives his car into two Canadian Forces members in a shopping centre parking lot in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que. Police fatally shoot the 25-year-old driver after he rolls the car while being pursued by officers south of Montreal.


Tuesday, Oct. 21:

— Fifty-three-year-old Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, a 28-year veteran of the Canadian Forces, dies of injuries sustained in the parking lot attack.

— Police identify the driver as 25-year-old Martin Couture-Rouleau, who had been known to them since June when they detected "radical ideology'' on his Facebook page. He had his passport confiscated and had earlier been arrested after trying to leave Canada for Turkey.

— Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office says the driver had "become radicalized.''

— Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney says the incident "is clearly linked to terrorist ideology,'' with police saying one of the two soldiers was in uniform at the time of the hit-and-run.


Wednesday, Oct. 22:

— Michael Zehaf Bibeau parks his car near the main Ottawa police station and uses his cellphone to record a video in which he condemns Canadian military action in Afghanistan and Iraq. He then drives north towards the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill.

— At approximately 9:47 a.m., Zehaf Bibeau, dressed in dark clothing, wearing a scarf wrapped around his face and armed with a .30-30, lever-action rifle, parks his car illegally and walks towards the memorial, where two soldiers are standing guard.

— Minutes later, he opens fire, shooting Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada three times. Cirillo, a 24-year-old reservist, dies despite the desperate efforts of passersby to save him.

— Police say the first 911 calls come in at 9:52.

— A minute later, security video shows the gunman commandeering a cabinet minister's idling car on Parliament Hill and driving it up to the Centre Block's front doors.

— He enters Centre Block and exchanges gunfire with security guards and RCMP officers, wounding one of the guards. An OPP investigation finds security officers and police fired 56 shots during the gun battle, hitting the gunman 31 times. Kevin Vickers, the Commons sergeant-at-arms, is widely credited with killing the gunman.

—MPs and staff are locked down on Parliament Hill. Surrounding buildings are also locked as police scour the area looking for other gunmen. None are found.

— Harper delivers a televised address to the country, saying the attack on Parliament Hill will harden Canada's resolve to crack down on terrorists at home and abroad.


Thursday, Oct. 23:

—The sergeant-at-arms enters the House of Commons to thunderous applause.

— It emerges that the prime minister was holed up in a closet-like space in the Conservative caucus room while the gunfire echoed through the halls of Parliament.

— MPs break into a spontaneous rendition of O Canada when they return to work in the Commons after Speaker Andrew Scheer blessed the gathering with a prayer for "wisdom, knowledge and understanding.''

— Michael Zehaf Bibeau's mother issues a statement, saying she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.


Friday, Oct. 24:

— Hundreds line the Highway of Heroes as a motorcade carrying Cirillo's body is carried to his hometown of Hamilton.


Sunday, Oct. 26:

— The RCMP says it has evidence that indicates the Ottawa attack was driven by "ideological and political motives.''


Monday, Oct. 27:

_ RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says after testifying at a Senate committee that the video made by Zehaf Bibeau shows him lucidly explaining the basis for his actions, which related to Canada's foreign policy and his religious beliefs.

Tuesday, Oct. 28:

— Harper attends Cirillo's military funeral in Hamilton.


Saturday, Nov. 1:

— Funeral is held for Vincent.


March 6, 2015:

— RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson screens the video Zehaf Bibeau recorded prior to the attack. In it, he says his actions were spurred by Canada's military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, and speaks of assaulting soldiers to show Canadians they are not safe in their own country. He asks Allah to accept his actions, saying Canadians have forgotten God by occupying Muslim lands and killing righteous people.


May 25, 2015:

— RCMP release an Ontario Provincial Police report on the Parliament Hill attack. It finds officers were justified in the shooting.

— In the aftermath of the Oct. 22 shootings, security on the Hill is tightened. The RCMP are given operational control and the separate Commons and Senate security branches are unified and armed.

The Canadian Press

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