A soldier standing guard at the Canadian War Memorial was shot Wednesday morning by an armed man who then fled toward Parliament Hill.
There were unconfirmed reports of more shots fired inside the Centre Block of Parliament Hill. The Hill was quickly locked down as police officers swarmed the scene.
An eyewitness of the incident told The Globe and Mail that the shooter “got away,” and described them as having long, dark hair. Another eye witness told the CBC that the shooter is a male, tall, thin with a black and white headscarf, carrying a long gun.
The suspect’s car remains on site, parked at the gates of the War Memorial, it is not tagged with plates. Another witness believes that there are actually two suspects, the other wearing a long brown coat with black hair and a bandana, who stayed in the car.
Tony Clement tweeted, “Shots fired during caucus meeting. at least 30 shots. MPs piled out. I’m safe with 2 colleagues but we’re still at risk.”
Just before 11 a.m. there were new reports of shots being fired at the Chateau Laurier Hotel, next door to Parliament Hill.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is safe and has been removed from Parliament Hill, according to his Director of Communications.
The Cenotaph at the War Memorial is always guarded by two soldiers as a sign of respect.
There is no word on the whereabouts of the second suspect – if there is a second suspect. Buildings around Parliament, including Ottawa City Hall are on lock down.