During a press conference, the top police official for Nova Scotia told reporters, "I wouldn't characterize it as a terrorist event. I would classify it as a group of individuals that had some beliefs and were willing to carry out violent acts against citizens."
It's unclear where police believe the two main suspects planned to open fire before killing themselves, but Halifax is in the middle of a four-day Hockey Day celebration with several large public events planned for Saturday. (Video via City of Halifax)
Police clarified the suspects' beliefs they spoke about in the press conference were not culturally based, which is perhaps why they made sure to stress they do not consider this foiling a terror plot.