Soldier Killed At Canada’s Parliament


Soldier Killed At Canada's Parliament

( 4UMF NEWS ) Soldier Killed At Canada's Parliament:

Gunfire erupted at Canada's Parliament in Ottawa on Wednesday, and a soldier was shot and killed at the nearby National War Memorial building, authorities said.

Police were investigating multiple reports of shootings and suspects after at least one gunman shot the soldier and sprinted toward Canada's Parliament building, sending bystanders and members of Parliament scrambling for safety, Ottawa police said. Witnesses said shots then rang out when a man entered the Parliament building, where members were holding meetings.

Ottawa Hospital said it received three patients after the shootings, and two were in stable condition. It didn't reveal the condition of the third patient.

In Washington, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the nation's thoughts and prayers are with Canada, particularly the family of the slain soldier. Details of the incident "are still sketchy," Earnest said.

U.S. officials have offered assistance to Canadian counterparts, Earnest said, and President Obama is expected to talk to Prime Minister Stephen Harper later today. Earnest confirmed that homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco is updating Obama on the shootings.

In Ottawa, police confirmed a man opened fire at the National War Memorial outside the government complex shortly before 10 a.m., hitting a soldier who was standing guard. Jason Kenney, an MP and Minister of Employment, Social Development & Multiculturalism, sent out a tweet saying the soldier had died.

"Condolences to family of the soldier killed, (and) prayers for the Parliamentary guard wounded," Kenney wrote. "Canada will not be terrorized or intimidated."

Ottawa police are now investigating shootings at the war memorial, the Parliament building and the Rideau Centre shopping center — all within blocks of each other. Ottawa police Constable Marc Soucy could not verify whether police are looking for multiple shooters or whether a gunman had been shot and killed, as some media outlets were reporting. He only said the response was ongoing throughout Ottawa.

"Most of downtown Ottawa is in lockdown," Soucy said.

A video taken by a reporter with the Globe and Mail shows police officers responding to the incident in the Parliament building. Officers are seen walking slowly through the building toward its entrance with guns drawn when the sound of a gunshot rings out, followed the sound of additional shots.

Earlier Wednesday, Tony Clement, a member of parliament, sent out a tweet saying at least 30 shots were fired near a caucus meeting in the Parliament building, prompting the legislators to pile out of the room. "I'm safe with 3 colleagues but we're still at risk" he wrote.

The top spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Harper was safe and had left Parliament Hill. Harper is expected to make a statement on the tragedy later Wednesday.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police sent out a tweet about an hour after the first reports of gunfire, warning residents near the downtown core of Ottawa to stay off rooftops and away from windows. The U.S. embassy in Ottawa also went into lockdown shortly after the shootings. The Canadian embassy in Washington was placed on lockdown as a precaution.

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