A few hours ago a gunman shot and wounded a soldier in Ottawa and then entered the country’s parliament buildings which houses the Canadian Senate & Canadian House Of Commons. According to media and eyewitness reports at least 30 shots fired. The country’s Prime minister was in the building when the shooting at parliament occurred but he was safely removed from the building.
CBC TV said the shooter was killed inside the parliament building. The Canadian parliament is the equivalent of the US Capitol Hill.
People in that area have been told to draw their shades, stay down and not leave their building as there are suspected to be 2 or more shooters on the loose, in multiple locations. This is said to be one of the major hallmarks of an organized terror attack.
The shooting comes two days after an Islamic convert who is an ISIS supporter ran down two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one, near Montreal, before being shot and killed by police.
According to the police, “several shooting incidents in downtown Ottawa, Incidents occurred at National War Memorial, near the Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill.” All Ottawa police buildings remain on lockdown and are closed to the public”
According to Reuters, a construction worker said he heard a gunshot, and then saw a man dressed in black with a scarf over his face running towards parliament with a gun. The man stopped a black car at gunpoint and hijacked it. The driver got out safely, then the man drove the car to the Center Block on Parliament Hill. The suspected gunman rushed past a woman with a child in a stroller, who ran away screaming. He did not attack the woman or child.
It has not been established if the attack is linked any organized terrorist organisations, especially in the wake of the latest threats by ISIS to attack United States & Canada.
The shooting began during a caucus meeting at the Parliament which was being attended by the Prime Minister.
Additional Source: CNN, Reuters