Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said one gunman is dead, and a Canadian soldier, Hamilton-based reservist Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, was killed by gunfire guarding the War Memorial, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reports.
Ottawa Police said the situation is “fluid and ongoing.” Police first responded to a call regarding shots fired at the War Memorial at 9:52 a.m. Officials called the situation “dynamic and unfolding.”
The suspect shot dead, confirmed by the CBC Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian born in 1982, lived in Montreal as recently as 2009.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to address the nation later today.
Police caught by surprise
Police said the shooting “caught us by surprise” and could not confirm whether the suspect killed was the same suspect who shot the soldier at the war memorial.
In an address to the media, officials said police are still investigating, clearing and securing Parliament Hill. Officials in Ottawa asked the public to remain vigilant, and identify any individual who may want to harm Canadians.
Multiple Members of Parliament, including National Democratic Party MP Craig Scott, Tweeted that a guard, Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, shot the gunman.
No shooting at Rideau Centre
Still, at the 2:00 p.m. ET press conference, police officials would not confirm the citizenship or identity of the suspect.
Ottawa Police retracted an earlier statement regarding a shooting at the Rideau Centre, a mall close by the houses of Parliament. There was no shooting at the Rideau Centre, police said. Witnesses heard 20-30 gunshots inside Parliament Hall.
Police said all available resources were deployed to ensure the safety and security of Ottawa residents.
A video taken by the Globe and Mail, obtained by CBS News, shows the dramatic exchange of gunfire inside
The Ottawa Hospital reported receiving three patients, two in stable condition.
“All inquiries about the soldier’s status (the third patient) should be directed to the Department of National Defense,” the statement from The Ottawa Hospital reads.
A Parliamentary guard was wounded, shot in the leg, the CBC reports.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson called the day’s events “A tragic day for our city and our country.”
Still, no arrests have been made. Downtown Ottawa remains on lockdown.
Today’s shooting comes just wo days after a recent convert to Islam killed a Canadian soldier and injured another in a hit-and-run. That suspect was shot by police.
The NHL has cancelled tonight’s game in Ottawa between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators because of the shooting.
The CBC reports the White House has offered Canada any necessary assistance following the shootings. Barrack Obama is scheduled to speak with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper today.
The Prime Minister was on Parliament Hill at the time of the shooting, but has since been reported safe. Police would not comment on whether the shooter was a Canadian citizen.