The Mayor of the City Hamilton is offering his condolences and prayers to the family and Regiment of the fallen Canadian soldier at Parliament Hill. Bob Bratina says the death of this young citizen-soldier and the act of terror that took his life in Ottawa gives us all cause to reflect on the dangers that young men and women can face at any time when they don the uniforms of the military to serve Canadians. The soldier was shot while acting as sentry at the National War Memorial this morning.
Earlier reports that Shots were fired at the Rideau Centre and the Chateau Laurier were incorrect. In the mass confusion that has taken over the downtown core of the Nation’s Capital, it was mistakenly reported and the lockdown has now been lifted at the shopping mall. A total 30 to 50 shots were fired at National War Memorial, inside the Centre Block of Parliament and outside the Chateau Laurier.
Police and the R-C-M-P are not confirming whether or not they are still looking for another suspect.
Canadian soldiers are being not to run errands, not to pick up their children while wearing their uniforms. Meanwhile, students are still in school in Ottawa but doors are locked and all schools are secure. School buses will still run but after school events in the nation’s capital have been cancelled.
Ottawa Police have confirmed that the soldier shot at the War Memorial has died. The soldier, from Hamilton, Ontario, was a reservist serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
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MP Jason Kenney has tweeted that the soldier shot has died. This has not been confirmed by official sources in Ottawa. Three people are in Ottawa Hospital. The hospital has confirmed that two of the three victims are in stable condition. They are not confirming the condition of the soldier and are refferring the media tho the Department of Defence. The soldier who was shot at Ottawa’s War Memorial is a reservist serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
(1pm) The Sergeant at Arms, Kevin Vickers, is at the Ottawa police station giving a statement. Vickers was the man who allegedly shot the suspect who is confirmed dead. The shooter was shot inside the Centre Block earlier this morning. All members of government are being told to stay where they are on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Ottawa police say they are still searching for suspects.
Police are not confirming if the Canadian soldier is in the Ottawa Civic Hospital. They are confirming he is in hospital and cannot offer a confirmed update on his condition. Ottawa police say no arrests have been made. They do not have anyone in custody. One shooter is confirmed dead and there are unconfirmed reports that police are looking for possibly two other shooters. The R-C-M-P is expected to be out with an update in the next 30 minutes.
Ottawa Civic Hospital is now confirming two victims are at the hospital. One is confirmed shot. Both victims have non-life-threatening injuries. There is no word on the identity of the victims or if one of them is the Canadian soldier who was shot at the National War Memorial. There is now confirmation the shooting was near the Rideau Centre and not inside. Many of the stores are in lock-down and there is police presence in the halls. NORAD has increased the number of planes on high alert status in case they are needed in the area of Parliament Hill.
Many of the stores inside the Rideau Centre are in lockdown. Few people have been pulled from the shopping centre. There’s word that police are running through the halls at the Rideau Centre and people are locked away within the stores. There is no confirmed update on the Canadian soldier’s condition. The soldier was shot at the National War Memorial and is now reportedly in one of Ottawa’s major hospitals. This Prime Minister is now cancelling events planned with the Nobel Peace Prize Winner later today in Toronto.
Bridges are now closed down between Ottawa and Gatineau. No traffic is being allowed to cross between the provinces. The Canadian Forces Base in Ottawa, just south of the Rideau Centre, is in lockdown. All Canadian Forces bases across the entire country are closed to the public. Some officers are now making their back to the Chateau Laurier from the Rideau Centre. A large police perimeter is surrounding at least three blocks in the area of Parliament Hill.
The prime minister’s office is releasing a statement sending thoughts and prayers for everyone involved in today’s ordeal on Parliament Hill. They are confirming the Prime Minister is safe and secure away from Parliament Hill. Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair are both confirmed safe as well. There is still heavy police presence moving through Ottawa’s downtown core. Police are trying to clear areas and place under hold and secure. One shooter is confirmed dead. There are reports of a possible another two shooters still on the loose.
All Canadian Forces bases across the country are being closed to the public. There are unconfirmed reports of this and they say this is because of soldiers possibly being targeted. A Canadian soldier was shot at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Police are expanding the lockdown around Parliament Hill. Police are possibly tracking two other shooters. One gunman is confirmed dead.
There are unconfirmed reports that police are possibly tracking two gunmen. There’s word that one of the gunmen is on foot, while the other could possibly be on a motorbike. It is confirmed one shooter was killed inside the Centre Block in Parliament. Police are expanding the perimeter and pushing people back and away from the area. There still unconfirmed reports that one gunman is on the roof. People in all government buildings and downtown businesses are being asked to stay indoors in lockdown.
Police are now reporting a possibility of two or three shooters at Parliament Hill. Canadian Press says the Sergeant of Arms took one shooter down inside the Centre Block of Parliament Hill. This has been confirmed. One shooter is dead. There are other reports of another shooter on the roof of Parliament. Shots have been heard outside the Chateau Laurier Hotel near the East Block.
Some businesses and government agencies including Stats Canada are in lockdown. Ottawa U is reportedly in lockdown due to its proximity. Countrywide, soldiers are being asked to stay indoors.
Police are telling people to stay under cover as shots were fired near the Chateau Laurier Hotel. Police presence is very tense around the eastern part of Parliament Hill. Police are hunkered down behind large stone pillars and trying to get to various vantage points. Police are saying there is possibly a long-gun involved. There are reports of a gunman on the roof of Parliament. The Prime Minister is safe in a secure location and MPs are off the Hill. The Centre and East Blocks are on locked down. There is no official word on how many shooters are involved. There are unconfirmed reports that a shooter was killed in gunfire in the Centre Block. Last official word was the gunman is still on the loose. Police are telling everyone to lock their doors in the area of Parliament and stay inside. It is not safe for bystanders.
Shots are now being fired outside the Chateau Laurier Hotel. There are reports that at least one shooter is still on the loose. Chateau Laurier is near the East Blocks of Parliament Hill. There are reports of a shooter on the roof of the Parliament building. The Centre and East Blocks on the Hill are locked down. The Prime Minister is safe and the MPs are out. There is no official word on if there is one gunman or multiple shooters. A Canadian soldier was confirmed shot at the National War Memorial. The soldier was taken to hospital.
Businesses in downtown Ottawa are being asked to keep their doors locked until further notice.
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