OTTAWA – BREAKING NEWS – UPDATED – Ottawa RCMP are stating, “Citizens are advised to stay off rooftops and away from windows in the downtown core. Avoid downtown core”. There have been three reported shootings, one at Parliament Hill, on at the National War Memorial, and another at the Rideau Centre in downtown Ottawa.
Minister Jason Kenney has stated that the Canadian soldier who was shot earlier today has died of his wounds.
There is also a Parliament Hill Security staff member who has been wounded.
The Sparks Street Mall is closed to the public.
A Canadian soldier has just been shot at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Reports are that bystanders were providing first aid to the soldier before EMS and Police could arrive on the scene.
RCMP officers armed with assault rifles are on Parliament Hill as there is a heavy presence of police in the national capital.
Today’s session of Parliament has been cancelled and MPs sent to their offices. Centre Block is where many of the cabinet ministers and MPs offices are located.
Tony Clement MP has tweeted that at least thirty shots were fired at Parliament Hill Centre Block.
Kenora MP Greg Rickford reports that he was on his way to Parliament Hill when his driver told him a lockdown is in effect.
Thunder Bay Rainy River MP John Rafferty is under lockdown in his Parliament Hill office.
Prime Minister Harper is reported safe and has been taken to a secure location.
There are no reports, yet, of injuries on Parliament Hill.
Police however are reporting three shootings. Details are coming through with great speed and reliability is still questionable for some of the reports.
Queen’s Park, after discussion between Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Opposition Leaders has decided to continue with today’s session in Queen’s Park.
A soldier died earlier this week and another soldier was injured in an attack that appears to be terror related.
The incident comes as Canada is sending fighter aircraft to join with coalition forces to fight ISIL.