|Gunman: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau (above), the Muslim convert who shot dead Corporal Nathan Cirillo and opened fire on Canadian Parliament|
Muslim convert who shot dead Canadian soldier is the privately-educated son of country’s immigration chief and has links to Syrian terrorist claims friend from mosque
- Quebec-born Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, recently converted to Islam and had dreams of heading to the Middle East
- He had his passport seized after being designated a 'high-risk traveler' - despite his mother being on Canada's immigration board
- He had multiple drug and robbery arrests, and a 2003 weapons charge
- He had told a friend the 'devil was after him' and knew a man who is still at large after leaving Canada to join Islamist fighters in Syria
- Shooting came on the day Prime Minister Stephen Harper was due to give Nobel Peace Prize winning activist Malala Yousafzai Canadian citizenship
- Harper addressed his country later, saying this 'terrorist attack' would 'not intimidate Canada'
- He had visited the U.S four times, with officials tracing who he met there
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the Muslim convert who fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year-old father as he stood guard at Ottawa's War Memorial on Wednesday was a petty criminal who has been called 'mentally ill' by those who knew him.
Born in Quebec as Michael Joseph Hall and raised in Laval, just north of Montreal, the young man lived a life of private schools and homes, with a mother who was a high ranking federal employee.
Then, after years of run-ins with the law, he converted to Islam.
A criminal court database shows 13 identified Quebec court records dating back to June 2001 in Montreal involving Zehaf-Bibeau.
He was charged in February 2004 for possession of marijuana and possession of PCP. He pleaded guilty to both charges in December 2004, serving one day in prison for marijuana possession and 60 days for PCP possession.
He also spent a day in jail in March of 2004 for a parole violation and was again convicted of marijuana possession in 2009.
In another case, he received a six-month sentence in 2003 and three years’ probation on a weapons charge, according to the Herald News.