Ottawa: Multiple Shootings at Parliament Hill and Surrounding Area

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Ottawa: Multiple Shootings at Parliament Hill and Surrounding Area

A gunman has been killed at Centre Block while police continue to search for other suspects.

A gunman shot and wounded a Canadian soldier on guard Wednesday at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, then travelled to Parliament Hill and wounded a security guard inside Centre Block, before being shot and killed by security officials himself. Both the solider and the security guard were taken to the Ottawa Hospital: the soldier has since died, and the medical condition of the security guard is unknown.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, “witnesses said 30 to 50 shots were fired inside the Centre Block.” Officials have confirmed that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is safe; opposition leaders are also believed to be safe, though there has not yet been an official statement. Parliament Hill and many buildings in the vicinity remain on lockdown.

Police have now indicated that no shooting took place in Ottawa this morning near the Rideau Centre mall. They have confirmed they are looking for “one or more” suspects. No arrests have yet been made.

In Toronto, the office of Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly issued the following statement: “The Deputy Mayor has worked closely with the City Manager, Joe Pennachetti, and Chief of Police Bill Blair throughout the day to ensure that all security measures and protocols are being followed. It is important to be vigilant and any unusual activity should be immediately reported to the Toronto Police Service.”

The TTC announced that it will be heightening security across the system. Transit enforcement officers and Toronto Police will be visible on subway trains and in subway stations. Security personnel will be conducting checks of the perimeter and other non-public entries points, including subway tunnels, garages, and carhouses.

The Prime Minister has cancelled his planned visit to Toronto today, during which he was to confer an honorary citizenship on Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

Chief Bill Blair said this afternoon that “there is no known credible threat here in the City of Toronto,” although he also indicated that government buildings, court houses, subways, and military bases will have a visible police presence.

UPDATE: October 22, 2014, 2:30 PM This post has been updated with information about the solider’s death, and about the police confirmation that no shooting took place near the Rideau Centre. Information about the TTC’s heightened security measures and Chief Bill Blair’s statement has also been added.

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