Ottawa shooting suspect’s ties to Montreal

Sources identify the suspected shooter as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. Twitter screengrab

MONTREAL – Alleged Ottawa gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was born Michael Jospeh Hall in Quebec and grew up in Laval.

He changed his name to Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a combination of his stepfather and mother’s names, after he converted to Islam.

His stepfather is Libyan national, Bulgasem Zehaf, who once owned Café Tripoli on Montreal’s popular Crescent Street.

On Thursday, police were stationed outside his mother’s home in Ahuntsic.

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At  Zehaf-Bibeau’s high school, Laval College, officials describe him as an average, regular student. After his high school life however, Zehaf-Bibeau got in trouble with the law.

Montreal court records show a man named Michael Zehaf-Bibeau with the same age was arrested five times while living in Montreal.

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In 2004,  Zehaf-Bibeau’s address was located in Montreal’s Villeray neighbourhood along St. Dominique. That is the same year Zehaf-Bibeau was charged for possession of marijuana and possession of PCP.

He pleaded guilty to both charges in Dec. 2004.

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