Shots Fired at Canada's Parliament 10/22 11:56
A gunman shot and wounded a Canadian soldier standing guard at a war
memorial in the country's capital Wednesday, then entered Parliament, where
numerous shots rang out, police and witnesses said.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- A gunman shot and wounded a Canadian soldier
standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital Wednesday, then
entered Parliament, where numerous shots rang out, police and witnesses said.
People fled Parliament by scrambling down scaffolding erected for
renovations, witnesses said. Others were in lockdown. Police with rifles and
body armor stood guard outside and blocked the normally bustling streets
leading to Parliament.
Ottawa police Constable Marc Soucy said it was unclear whether there was
more than one shooter.
The attack came two days after a recent convert to Islam killed one Canadian
soldier and injured another in a hit-and-run before being shot to death by
police. The killer had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared
he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to
Canada had raised its domestic terror threat level from low to medium
Tuesday because of "an increase in general chatter from radical Islamist
organizations," said Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for the public
In Wednesday's attack, Soucy said shots were also fired at a shopping mall
near Parliament. All three sites --- the National War Memorial, Parliament and
the mall --- are within less than a mile from each other.
The top spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Harper was safe and
had left Parliament Hill.
Cabinet minister Tony Clement tweeted that at least 30 shots were heard
inside Parliament, where Conservative and Liberal MPs were holding their weekly
"I'm safe locked in a office awaiting security," Kyle Seeback, another
member of Parliament, tweeted.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police warned people in downtown Ottawa to stay away
from windows and rooftops.
The wounded soldier was taken away in an ambulance. His condition was not