Shooting at Canadian Parliament: One soldier killed
Today, October 22nd, Ottawa Canada came under fire. A gunman shot and fatally wounded a 24 year old solider guarding the National War Memorial. The gunman then made his way into the nearby Parliament where witnesses claim up to 30 gunshots were heard. A couple others were injured in the attack, one a security guard at Parliament’s Centre Block. Shortly after the shootings a masked gunman was shot and killed in the parliament building; it is unclear as of now if there were other gunmen involved.
The soldier killed in this horrifying event was 24 year old Nathan Cirillo, a reservist from Hamilton. In a statement by the the Ottawa police: “One shooting victim succumbed to injuries. He was a member of the Canadian Forces. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones.”
Police told reporters that 911 operators began receiving calls about the gunfire around 9:52 AM. The shooting happened at the same time as the leaders of three major parties in parliament were having their weekly meeting, causing suspicion it was planned at a time when many influential people would be in the building. Prime Minister Harper was also in the building, and was seen by witnesses being taken away in a motorcade. The entire city was put on lock-down and the Ottawa Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police warned the public in post on Twitter to “stay away from the downtown Ottawa area.” Workers inside the buildings were told to lock the doors and stay away from the windows.
Prime Minister Harper and President Obama talked Wednesday afternoon about the shooting. The President told later reporters “We are all shaken” (about the attack).
Canada was already on high alert as just a few days ago a a radical jihadist ran over two soliders at a suburban Montreal strip mall – killing one. It is unknown as of now if this shooting has any correlation at all to the previous attack. Good thoughts to all those involved in this disturbing situation. Stay tuned to Sensible Reason for the latest news.