Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shooting at Canadian Parliament

The police scene in downtown Ottawa
At 10:00 a.m. in Ottawa, Canada, there were gunshots fired near the Parliament building. One guard in the front entrance of the War Memorial was shot and is in critical condition. The gunman, who's carrying a rifle, stole a car and rushed to the Parliament building a block away. The armed guards rushed the officials into the basement and secured the area known as Parliament Hill. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was evacuated and is safe.

One assailant was apparently shot and killed by Kevin Vickers, the Sergeant-at-Arms in the House of Commons.

Police are saying there are at least 3 separate shootings - one in the Parliament building, one at the War Memorial, one at Rideau Centre mall and at the Chateau Laurier Hotel nearby.

Two people were taken to the hospital but are not in life-threatening condition; one with a gunshot wound.

There is still reportedly one gunman still at large. Police are searching all vehicles leaving Ottawa trying to leave the city towards Quebec.

People do not know the motive for the attack is, but some are speculating terrorism.

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Click here to see the video of inside the Parliament building during the shootings.

*UPDATE*



Jason Kennedy, a minister, said the soldier shot has died.

Reports now say the attack was lone gunman. The shooter, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was a radicalized Muslim associated with ISIS.

He may have had collaborators involved. Downtown Ottawa was searched heavily and nothing else was found.

There were actually no shots fired at the Rideau Centre. The only shots were at the War Memorial, killing Cpl Nathan Cirillo, and many rounds at Parliament Hill.