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Canadian Shooting: What We Know And Don't Know

By Faith Karimi | CNN

A day after a gunman killed an army reservist in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, many questions remain.

Why did he shoot? Why did he target Nathan Cirillo? Is he connected to the militant group ISIS? Here's a list of what we know -- and don't know -- in the Ottawa shooting.

THE MOTIVE:

What we know: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the attacker a "terrorist."

There have been troubling incidents in the nation recently.

The attack at Parliament and the National War Memorial Wednesday, which left Cirillo dead, was the second this week. On Monday, a man Canadian authorities said was a "radicalized" Muslim hit two soldiers with a car in Quebec, killing one of them. Police later killed the man.

Passports for the men in both attacks had been confiscated before they struck out at Canada's military. There was no immediate indication that the incidents were related.

But even before the two attacks, there was already concern about jihadist efforts in the nation. The United States heightened security at its Embassy in Ottawa as well as another consulate in the country after jihadist chatter indicated an attack could be in the works, according to officials.

What we don't know: The gunman's motive in Wednesday's shooting. With his death, the answer might never be fully known.

THE SHOOTER:

What we know: "We're satisfied at this point that one individual was responsible for the shooting yesterday on the hill," Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau told CNN partner CTV.

The alleged gunman was born Michael Joseph Hall in Canada in 1982, and changed his name to Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, authorities say.

The attack came two days after a "radicalized" Muslim man killed a soldier with his car, and five days after Canada raised its threat level.

What we don't know: Why he changed his name to Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, but two sources told CNN that he converted to Islam. While ISIS militants have stepped up recruitment efforts in Canada, there's no indication so far that the attacker was part of them.

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