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Ottawa Shooting: Soldier Shot At National War Memorial, Parliament, US Embassy, Most of Ottawa In Lockdown


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Soldier shot outside of Parliament, one gunman ‘killed,’ but ‘multiple shooters’ suspected

John Ivison, Justin Ling, Josh Visser, Jake Edmiston, National Post Staff | October 22, 2014 | Last Updated:Oct 22



 

A soldier has been shot at the Cenotaph in Ottawa on October 22, 2014.

 

 

  

Ottawa shooting wounds Canadian soldier at War Memorial

A soldier was shot at the National War Memorial by an unknown assailant Wednesday morning and there are reports of 30 to 50 shots of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament.

 “Gunman at Parliament’s Centre Block has been shot and killed,” Conservative MP Bernard Trottier tweeted at 10:30 a.m. Tory MP Bob Zimmer also reported the same. Those reports are unconfirmed as police are still actively searching the area and say it is “not a secure scene” as there may be multiple shooters.

Police have expanded their perimeter and say they are actively investigating “several shooting incidents in downtown Ottawa.” Police are also asking citizens to not tweet the locations of the officers involved.

Two sources told The Canadian Press that Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms for the House of Commons and 29-year RCMP veteran, shot a gunman. Both CBC and CTV are reporting a single gunman has been confirmed dead.

In video taken within Parliament, about a dozen gunshots can be heard within the halls.

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Witnesses reported hearing shots in different corridors of Parliament and some fled the building by using the scaffolding erected for renovations.

After 11 a.m., there were more unconfirmed reports of more gunshots, this time near the Chateau Laurier hotel, northeast of Parliament.

Several medics were performing CPR on the soldier before he was taken away by ambulance. CTV is reporting the soldier is still alive.

“There is a shooter on the loose,” a police officer in the area told the Post‘s John Ivison, shortly after 10 a.m.

 

   

A woman gives mouth to mouth to a fallen soldier at the War Memorial as police respond to an apparent terrorist attack in Ottawa.

 

 

 

Parliament is currently under lockdown. The PMO says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is safe and has left Parliament Hill for an unknown location. Both NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have been reported safe.

One suspect was described as “5’9-5’10, overweight and wearing a dark jacket, with a white scarf around his face,” by Stuart Barnable, a Liberal staffer who said he witnessed the events from East Block.

A Dutch tourist said he heard at least four shot and say the assailant running towards Parliament Hill, carrying a large rife.

A Toyota Corolla, with no plates on it, was left outside of Parliament Hill. Multiple witnesses said they saw a gunman get out of it and attack the soldier.

Chuck Bronley of Ottawa said he was certain the victims was one of the ceremonial guards at the War Memorial.

Reports of at least one active shooter sparked chaos in Canada’s Parliament as MPs — and the Prime Minister — meet just steps away from where a gunmen opened fire.

Reporters and staffers grabbing breakfast and coffee were ushered in to the fifth floor cafeteria as security confirmed that there was an active shooter on the 2nd floor.

Huddled into a corner, with some staffers chanting prayers and others trying to laugh off the fear, two dozen Parliament Hill workers rapidly checked Twitter as reports circulated that one or two gunmen may still be on the loose.

Many reporters had been in the Hall of Honour — not far from where the gunman later opened fire — when the first shooting occurred. Parliament Hill then went on lockdown.



An RCMP intervention team run next to a Parliament building in Ottawa Wednesday Oct.22, 2014. A Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa has been shot by an unknown gunman and there are reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament.

 

For the staffers huddled there, it was impossible to know the situation. Reports circulated of active shooters as cooks, unarmed security and an assortment of others huddled under counters.

A Liberal party staffer locked in an office on Parliament Hill said Justin Trudeau was in Centre Block for a 10 a.m. caucus meeting when shots broke out.

“I don’t know where he is, but I’m told he’s in a secure location,” the staffer said around 11 a.m.


An RCMP intervention team run next to a Parliament building in Ottawa Wednesday Oct.22, 2014. A Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa has been shot by an unknown gunman and there are reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament.

 

Ottawa police say they received a report of gunfire at 9:52 a.m.

The RCMP is advising Ottawa residents “to stay away from windows and off roofs due to [the] ongoing police incident.”

All Ottawa police stations have been closed as a result of the shooting. Military bases throughout Canada have also been placed under lockdown.

The incident comes two days after a Canadian soldier was struck by a car and killed by a man with jihadist sympathies.

Breaking news. More details to follow.

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LIVE updates: What we know so far about the shooting in Ottawa



Ottawa under lockdown after shooting, gunman on the loose (Richard Madan/CTV News)


October 22, 2014
 What we know about the Ottawa shooting

Key facts about the shootings at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill:

• Shots were first reported at the National War Memorial Wednesday morning.

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• Witnesses told CTV News they saw a man with a rifle leave the memorial and run towards Parliament Hill.

• MPs reported hearing shots being fired from inside the halls of Parliament, where Conservative and Liberal MPs were holding their weekly caucus meetings.

• Prime Minister Stephen Harper is safe and was rushed away from the building, officials in his office said.

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Ontario premier on Ottawa shooting: “We refuse to be silenced”

The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Ontario’s political leaders considered suspending question period Wednesday at the province’s legislature in light of a shooting at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, but the premier said they “refuse to be silenced.”

A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa has been shot by an unknown gunman, who then moved to nearby Parliament Hill and opened fire inside the Centre Block.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been rushed away from the building to an undisclosed location.

The provincial legislature was put under enhanced security as a precaution. The director of the legislative security service said there was no known threat and building activities would continue as normal.

In house, Ontario’s politicians held a moment of silence for the soldier, then carried on with question period.

“Our belief is that people who are using violence to undermine democracy want us to be silenced and we refuse to be silenced,” Wynne said of her discussion with the opposition leaders.

“Having said that, we all have to be very careful, we have to be vigilant and the authorities are very aware of the situation… But we will carry on with the business of this house and the business of our democratic society.”

Yasir Naqvi, the provincial minister of community safety and correctional services and an Ottawa MPP, said he’s confident the appropriate security measures are in place to ensure safety at the legislature. He said Ontario’s police services are well able to handle such situations.

“From my discussions with the (Ontario Provincial Police) I am confident that the response to any incident involving terrorist activity would be well co-ordinated between provincial, federal and municipal authorities,” Naqvi said, before leaving the house to further monitor the developments in Ottawa.

“Our police, paramedics and firefighters train and prepare for dangerous situations of all scales. We also encourage all Ontarians to remain vigilant. If they see or suspect any suspicious activity please contact the local police service so that police can act accordingly.”

New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath said she looked forward to carrying on with the business of the legislature. Both parties praised the premier’s response.

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MPs, government staffers tweet reactions to Ottawa shooting

By John Bowman October 22, 2014

1.    Members of Parliament and staff working for government and political parties posted updates on the Ottawa gun attack from their offices on Parliament Hill as they were told to stay where they were and lock their doors.

2.    Newfoundland MP Gerry Byrne was one of the first to tweet details and photos from the Conservative caucus room.3.      


5.    Calgary MP Michelle Rempel tweeted a reassuring message to her mother.    

 

8.    Gerry Byrne @Gerry_Byrne


10.  On the fifth floor of centre Block. RCMP guns drawn,
machine guns deployed entering mainm doors. #cdnpoli

11. 

Gerry Byrne @Gerry_Byrne


At 9:55am I was in a meeting on
the 5th floor of centre block in the Leader's office when I heard shots fired.
RCMP response was immediate


1.    Calgary MP Michelle Rempel tweeted a reassuring message to her mother.


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