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Canadian Parliment Under Lockdown

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edited October 2014 in News & Politics
(CNN) -- One person was shot Wednesday morning at a war memorial near Canada's Parliament in Ottawa, police there said, amid media reports that gunfire also was heard in Parliament.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported that a soldier who was standing guard at the memorial was shot. Gunfire also was heard inside the halls of Parliament, CNN affiliate CTV News reported.
The CBC is reporting that parliament is on lockdown.
"We don't know if it's someone from the military who was targeted or not," Ottawa police Constable Marc Soucy told CNN, adding that the gunfire was reported at 9:52 a.m. ET.
Parliament member Tony Clement tweeted, "I'm with colleages Mark Strahl and Kyle Seeback. PM was in Caucus but now secure. Assuming it's not safe to venture out yet..."
Clement tweeted that there were "at least 30 shots."
Earlier this week a man who Canadian authorities said was "radicalized" was shot to death after hitting and killing a Canadian soldier.
This is no indication that that incident on Monday and Wednesday's shooting are related.
In Monday's vehicle attack, police arrested Martin Rouleau Couture, who reportedly converted to Islam about a year ago, last July and confiscated his passport, but lacked enough evidence to keep him in custody, said Martine Fontaine of the RCMP.
"When he was arrested, he was about to go to Turkey," Fontaine said. "We stopped him as he was about to leave Canada for terrorist actions. He was questioned when he was arrested. We have not been able to determine any real threat at this time."
CBC -A man with a rifle shot a soldier standing guard at the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, and witnesses said there were further shots fired on nearby Parliament Hill.

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It was not immediately known if there were further injuries.

Alain Merisier. who works at the cafeteria in the Parliament building, told CBC News that said he saw a man in a car at the Centre Block with a long gun.

Witnesses said they then heard shots fired, and there was an unconfirmed report of a person injured outside the Library of Parliament.

Police confirmed the shooting at the War Memorial, and sealed off the area while the injured soldier was given emergency medical aid. He was later put into an ambulance.

War memorial shooting
First responders at a shooting at the War Memorial in Ottawa on Oct. 22, 2014 (Daniel Thibeault/CBC)

The National War Memorial stands in Confederation Square in the heart of downtown Ottawa. The Parliament buildings and the Gatineau Hills are in the background.

MPs moved to safety

Scott Walsh, who was working on Parliament Hill, said he saw a man running with double-barrelled shotgun, wearing a scarf and blue jeans.

Walsh said the man hopped over the stone fence that surrounds Parliament Hill, with his gun forcing someone out of their car. He then drove to the front doors of Parliament and fired at least two shot, Walsh said.

Cabinet ministers, MPs and journalists in the buildings housing the House of Commons and Senate were in lockdown as police tracked the gunman.

The Prime Minister's Office says Stephen Harper is safe and not on Parliament Hill.

Police are still searching for the gunman, and have sealed off the area, moving bystanders and reporters to the nearby Chateau Laurier Hotel. Other witnesses were taken to the city's police headquarters.

New Democrat MP Hélène Laverdière said she heard 20 to 30 shots, and hit the floor. She and fellow MPs Charlie Angus and Rosane Doré Lefebvre were later led out of the Centre Block to safety.

Doré Lefebvre said she was worried about getting her daughter from the daycare facility on Parliament Hill.


  • Yep just saw that. They've locked down a large perimeter going from Parliament (or about) up to Rideau Center. Seemingly shots were fired in front of the Monument of the Dead, down to Metcalf-Queen streets, in the Parliament, near Chateau Cartier, and inside the Rideau Center mall. For those who don't know the region, the perimeter is about 2 wide (maybe a bit less) and is about the epicenter of downtown Ottawa. Anywho, this is crazy stuff.
  • From that video's pov, on the right side is a room where the NPD was holding a caucus, on the left side another room where the Conservative party were having their own caucus, and at the end of the hall there's the Parliament library's entrance, where the shooter was stopped/shot down. This is how close the guy came to threaten the elected government.
  • OzziOzzi Centurion
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  • A message from Justin Trudeau that was emailed out today:

    I am deeply saddened by yesterday’s horrific events here in Ottawa, and unreservedly condemn these brutal and heartless acts of violence.

    This attack is unforgivable. Should any other perpetrators or co-conspirators exist, they must be caught and be punished to the full force of our laws. I’ve extended an offer of full support to the government, along with any assistance members of our Party can provide at this time.

    My thoughts and prayers, along with those of my colleagues, go out to the family and friends of the victims of this horrific shooting, including Corporal Nathan Frank Cirillo, who was standing dutifully, guarding one of our nation’s most sacred monuments.
    Words cannot express the deep sadness we feel over his loss.

    To the brave women and men who rushed to the scene to confront the shooter, and help keep us safe, I can say only thank you. Thank you for your selfless courage and your professionalism in a time of crisis.

    In the days that follow, there will be questions, anger, and perhaps confusion. This is natural, but we cannot let it get the better of us. Losing ourselves to fear and speculation is the intention of those who commit these heinous acts.

    They mean to shake us. We will remain resolved.

    They want us to forget ourselves. Instead, we should remember.

    We should remember who we are. We are a proud democracy, a welcoming and peaceful nation, and a country of open arms and open hearts. We are a nation of fairness, justice, and the rule of law.

    We will not be intimidated into changing that.

    If anything, these are the values and principles to which we must hold on even tighter. Our dedication to democracy and the institutions we have built are the foundation of our society. A continued belief in both will guide us correctly into the future. Staying true to our values in a time of crisis will make us an example to the world.

    Criminals cannot and will not dictate to us how we act as a nation, how we govern ourselves, or how we treat each other. They cannot and will not dictate our values. And they do not get to decide how we use our shared public spaces.

    Yesterday we heard about a loss of innocence in Canada. This is inaccurate. Canada is not innocent to the threats we face, and we know that we are not immune. What is true is that we have not let those threats shape us, and we have never bowed to those who mean to undermine our values and way of life.

    We have remained Canadians. And this should be how we will carry on.
    We deserve answers to how and why this happened. They will be vital in preventing any potential future attack.

    To our friends and fellow citizens in the Muslim community, Canadians know acts such as these committed in the name of Islam are an aberration of your faith. Continued mutual cooperation and respect will help prevent the influence of distorted ideological propaganda posing as religion. We will walk forward together, not apart.

    In the coming days, we will be inundated with pictures and videos showing what happened. But there is one in particular we should remember: the picture in our minds we have of a Canadian guarding Canadians. That is who we truly are. That is who we will continue to be.

    Thank you.

    Justin Trudeau
  • DoosDoos Centurion
    Shit, Trudeau fucking nailed that message.
  • Shit, Trudeau fucking nailed that message.
    He sure did. I was quite impressed with it, and how he covered pretty much all the bases.
  • How Kevin Vickers subdued the Ottawa gunman. This guys is a fucking hero and a total boss. When the reporter describes it, it sounds like from a fucking movie.
  • Kevin Vickers was trained by Chuck Norris.
  • Kevin Vickers was trained by Chuck Norris.
    No, Vickers trained Norris.

  • DoosDoos Centurion
    I hope he's doing alright, mentally. Gotta be pretty weird killing a dude, going back to work the next day and getting a standing ovation for it.

  • I hope he's doing alright, mentally. Gotta be pretty weird killing a dude, going back to work the next day and getting a standing ovation for it.

    Perhaps, but perhaps not given the situation. Hard to tell how someone's going to react to that.

    Wasn't he in the military prior to? Did he have any combat experience?
  • I hope he's doing alright, mentally. Gotta be pretty weird killing a dude, going back to work the next day and getting a standing ovation for it.

    Perhaps, but perhaps not given the situation. Hard to tell how someone's going to react to that.

    Wasn't he in the military prior to? Did he have any combat experience?
    He was a RCMP officer.
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