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Don’t Jump to Conclusions
“The Canadian police acknowledged on Thursday that the gunman who traumatized the capital in a deadly shooting rampage had not been identified as a security threat despite his criminal record in three cities, embrace of extremist ideas and intent to travel to Syria,” the New York Times reports from Ottawa:
The police also conceded that they did not even know that the gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, had been in the capital for nearly three weeks.
The revelations at a news conference came a day after the gunman paralyzed the heart of the capital, killing a soldier at a war memorial before he was shot dead in the halls of Parliament.
Here’s an excerpt from last night’s news roundup by Vox.com’s Dylan Matthews:
The shooter, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, had been at a homeless shelter for about ten days before the shooting, where he “would talk about being anti-Canadian and tell others how his relatives had been fighters in Libya,” according to witnesses. [Ottawa Citizen / Peter Henderson]
Zehaf-Bibeau was planning on going to Syria at the time of his death. [ABC News / Meghan Keneally and Randy Kreider] . . .
Zehaf-Bibeau was Muslim, but we don’t know how, if at all, that influenced his actions. And jumping to conclusions is dangerous. [Vox / Amanda Taub]
We await a follow-up from Taub in which she explains why it’s a good thing the Mounties didn’t jump to conclusions.
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