Wild Rose MP Blake Richards entered Parliament Hill for a regular caucus meeting on Oct. 22, when witnesses reported to have seen a gunman, now identified as 32-year-old Canadian Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, enter Parliament building around 9:50 a.m. Zehaf-Bibeau eventually shot and killed 24-year-old Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who stood guard at the National War Memorial.
Remembering the time, Richards alleged that “we were in a regular caucus meeting in the caucus building and we certainly heard the gunfire.” He said that “I won’t go into any detail, but some actions I took separated me from the rest of the group.” Furthermore, Richards shared that his actions separated him from the rest of the group as they were “uncomfortable” as the events played out. He recalled that “my communication devices were not on my person (as the attacks happened). It took some time to get a message through to my family that I was OK.” Apologizing to have caused stress to his family and friends, he stated that “I know I was in a lot of people’s prayers yesterday (Oct. 22) and from the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you.”