Multiple Shootings in the Canadian Parliament: Entire Area in Lockdown With One Gunman Killed

Multiple Shootings in the Canadian Parliament: Entire Area in Lockdown With One Gunman Killed

A massive statewide manhunt is on for multiple armed assailants after several rounds of gunfire tore through Parliament Hill, as well as National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada. The city of Ottawa is on lockdown as police try to locate culprits. One CAF solider has been killed, reported Conservative MP John Williamson.

He was a reservist serving in Hamilton from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, reported the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Incidents occurred at National War Memorial, near the Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill this morning, Ottawa Police said on their Twitter feed.

Canadian police later retracted their statement about a third shooting incident near the Rideau Centre shopping mall. The shootings began just before 10am on Wednesday when a soldier was wounded in the war memorial shooting.

“So I’m locked down in Center Block on Parliament Hill after at least one shooter burst in and opened fire,” local reporter Josh Wingrove stated. “I heard dozens of gunshots and the smell of gunpowder is heavy in the hallways right now.”

Williamson made a sombre statement amid the chaos:

“PM was addressing caucus, then a huge boom, followed by rat-a-tat shots. We all scattered. It was clearly right outside our caucus door,” Treasury Board Minister Tony Clement told Reuters.

Wingrove also reported seeing a motionless body inside the parliament building, which he could not confirm to be either dead or alive. Dozens of shots were fired throughout the building. The gunman was subsequently chased by police into its center block.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper managed to exit the building safely. Ottawa Hospital received three patients – two of whom had non-life-threatening injuries, according to a hospital statement seen by Reuters.

Canadian Armed Forces bases across the country are in lockdown and all Ottawa Police stations are currently closed to the public as gunmen remain at large.

One shooter has been confirmed dead, according to senior CBC news reporter Aaron Saltzman. Canadian police are investigating Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as possible suspect in Ottawa shooting, Reuters reports citing a source familiar with matter.

Ottawa police said they believe that two or three gunmen might have been involved in the incident.

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