1. The extraordinary scene ended with the assailant shot dead in the polished marble halls of parliament's Centre Block, apparently by the sergeant-at-arms of the House of Commons, while SWAT teams combed the busy parliamentary precinct in an ongoing but fruitless search for accomplices.
  2. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who was in the Centre Block addressing a Conservative caucus meeting when the attack began just outside the door, took to the national airwaves to call the matter a terrorist attack.
  3. A high-ranking federal official is confirming that the gunman killed in today's deadly shooting rampage on Parliament Hill has been identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. Little else is known about the man, but one media report says he's Canadian and was born in 1982.
  4. The soldier shot and killed at the National War Memorial on Wednesday has been identified as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo from Hamilton, according to family and other sources. A man reached at the Cirillo home said the family was grieving but refused to talk further.
  5. Cirillo is the second member of the Armed Forces this week to die in an apparently random, murderous attack, even as Canadian war planes are deployed in Iraq. Two Canadian soldiers were run over — one of them fatally — in Quebec on Monday by a man with jihadist sympathies.