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Ottawa, Jul 3 (Canadian-Media): The armed man, Corey Hurren with a log gun arrested after allegedly ramming his truck through the front gate of Rideau Hall on July 2 always had a friendly word for customers who came to the grocery store in Bowsman, Manitoba, where he worked in a small municipality about 400 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, said the town reeve, media reports said.
Rideau Hall. Image credit: Facebook page
Walter Pacmaniuk, reeve of the municipality of Mintonas-Bowsman, where Hurren lived said he was a "good community member," known for his friendly demeanour.
" We're all a bit shocked that something happened in Ottawa," said Pacmaniuk, CBC news said.
Hurren was armed when his vehicle ran into the main pedestrian entrance at Rideau Hall on Thursday around 6:30 a.m. ET. Police officers took him into custody about two hours later.
According to sources Hurren had driven from Manitoba in his vehicle with Manitoba license plates and had a long gun and a note in his possession.
A LinkedIn account registered to Hurren said that he operated Grindhouse Fine Foods, which he launched in 2014.
In promotional material for his meat-producing business, Hurren is described as a Royal Canadian Artillery veteran who has recently rejoined the military as a Canadian Ranger.
When media called the two phone numbers associated with Hurren's family members, people who answered the phone declined to speak to media Thursday evening.
Some details into Hurren's background and business were provided by recent social media posts, associated with Grindhouse Fine Foods and Corey Hurren. A meme of a big outdoor party that would supposedly occur after the lockdown was posted about an hour before Hurren entered the Rideau Hall grounds.
The post also directed people to look up "Event 201," a conspiracy theory that suggests Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is behind COVID-19.
His Facebook page associated with his business indicated a fondness for the military and poked fun at the hardships and fears caused by the pandemic.
A concern about the impact of COVID-19 on the economy was indicated by the posts, but the cause of his travel to Ottawa was not provided.
According to CBC news, Hurren is an active member of the Bowsman Lions Club, a member of the volunteer club.
He's known for his "Ring of Fire" jalapeno garlic sausage brand, which his Facebook page says is a must-have for "hot and spicy fans."
According to a LinkedIn page under Hurren's name, he grew up on a farm in the Swan River Valley and worked in different parts of the meat and livestock industry for more than 20 years before starting Grindhouse Fine Foods.
The page says he studied computer and information sciences at Brandon University and Red River College in Manitoba.
Bowsman Lions Club's Facebook post said Hurren served with the Royal Canadian Artillery in the late 1990s in Yorkton, Sask.