A Canadian soldier was shot and killed as he and another soldier stood guard at Canada’s Parliament war memorial.More shots were fired outside a nearby shopping centre and several buildings around the city are on lockdown.
On Tuesday a Muslim convert was killed by Quebec police after deliberately hitting two soldiers in his car, killing one and injuring another
Ottawa police, whose buildings were also locked down, provided details on Twitter about multiple shootings: “Incidents occurred at National War Memorial, near the Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill.”
Police have suggested to stay away from windows and roofs as they search for additional suspects.One gunman – said to be carrying a rifle – fired on soldiers guarding Canada’s main war memorial and then ran into the parliament.
Canadian MP Marc Garneau said that the indications are there is more than one gunman,there may be several and adds that he and fellow politicians were evacuated from the area.The nearby University of Ottawa has been placed on lockdown, as well as all local police buildings and the US Embassy.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Stephen Harper “is safe and has left Parliament Hill”, his director of communications wrote on Twitter.White House is in touch with Canadian officials.A call between Mr Harper and US President Barack Obama was also being arranged at Mr Harper’s “earliest convenience”, he added.
MP Tony Clement tweeted that he heard “at least 30 shots” and apparently was able to take cover with colleagues.