Police in Ottawa, Canada are investigating reported shootings at three different locations on Wednesday — the National War Memorial, Parliament Hill and the Rideau Center shopping mall. Just before 10 am local time, a gunman shot and killed a soldier that was standing guard at the war memorial, then moved on and began firing in the Parliament halls.
Map of areas where Ottawa shootings were reported: National War Memorial, near the Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill. pic.twitter.com/NcfNCR5VCV
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Authorities said multiple gunmen opened fire inside the building, but according to witnesses, one of them was shot dead by the House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms. At this point, the city is on lockdown as a gunman is reportedly still at large, though details are sketchy at best.
So was the shooting in Ottawa a random act or an organized terrorist attack? We don’t know at this point. Wednesday’s incident came shortly after Canada raised its terror threat level, after another soldier was killed on Monday in a hit-and-run attack in Quebec by a Muslim convert. Though Canada announced earlier this month that they planned to join the U.S.-led air strikes on ISIS, it’s not known if this week’s attacks were related to Islamic State.
Check out photos from today’s Ottawa shootings in the gallery below.
Victim of Ottawa Shooting Receives Mouth-to-Mouth
Inside Parliament - Ottawa Shooting
Police Respond to Ottawa Shooting
Response to Ottawa Shooting
Ottawa Shooting Victim
Shooting in Ottawa
UPDATE: The solider killed was identified as Nathan Cirillo.