Police investigating Ottawa gunman’s possible ties to a Calgary Islamic centre
Global News has learned police are investigating possible links Michael Zehaf-Bibeau had to a southwest Calgary Islamic centre.
“We are looking into the background of the individual .. but for sure we know he has no criminal background in Calgary, he has no criminal record in Calgary,” said Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson, speaking at a news conference Thursday afternoon.
A Global News investigation uncovered a traffic ticket that shows Zehaf-Bibeau used the address of the Islamic Centre of Calgary, at 5615 14th Avenue SW, as his address.
“We do know there was a vehicle that was registered here to a Calgary address,” said Hanson.”
“That address is one that is a local Islamic centre located on 14th Avenue just west of Sarcee Trail S.W.”
“We also know that licence plate and vehicle also received what appears to be a photo radar ticket from Edmonton in early August.”
A man at the centre named Adam, who wouldn’t give his last name, said staff had no idea that Zehaf-Bibeau was using the mosque’s address until this afternoon.
He added, anyone can (unlawfully) list a public address as their own.
“He has no affiliation to anything in Calgary, as far as we know,” he said.
Chief Hanson said police are looking into how the centre’s address ended up on Zehaf-Bibeau’s registration along with any other connections they can uncover.
“How long he was in Calgary? Where he may have lived if he was in Calgary? Who he may have associated with if he was in Calgary?”
Hanson says police will be interviewing people at the Islamic Centre of Calgary as part of the investigation.
“There’s a whole lot of information that we don’t have,” said Hanson.
Members of the Muslim community in Calgary have condemned Wednesday’s attack on the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill.