Why Helicopters Are Hovering Over Parliament Street
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Why Helicopters Are Hovering Over Parliament Street

Earlier this evening, at around 6:15 p.m., a big crowd was gathered on the west side of Parliament St., just above Shuter St. An ambulance was being loaded up on the east side. At Shuter, Metro’s finest were cordoning off the block with police tape. Just inside the tape, a man in a gray t-shirt sat on the curb, crying and shaking. A woman, dressed in white, was explaining to a friend what had happened. “That man on the curb saw the whole thing,” she said. “He said a man came out of the mosque and slit his throat.” In front of the Masjid Omar Bin Al-Khattab, there was a great puddle of blood on the sidewalk. Outside of the police line, passerby were trying to piece together what happened. Did he slit his own throat? A cab driver thought there had been a fight. Someone said that the injured man had already been taken to the hospital, causing another to ask why there was still an ambulance across the street. Then the bewildered man stepped over the tape, and walked to the two women, holding out a handful of change. “I was on my way to meet my girlfriend and the police won’t let me leave,” he said to the ladies. “If anyone is going north, could you stop in at the Golden Ring and tell Renée what happened.” The ladies said they would. The man offered them his change, but the friend blocked his hand with her cellphone. “No, no, no, keep your money.” And they walked up the street to look for Renée.
UPDATE: Here’s what CityNews is reporting.
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