UPDATED: A very serious situation is unfolding in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, as terrorists have attacked the Parliament building leaving one dead and a city on “virtual lockdown,” say local and national authorities.
Please be praying for our friends and allies in Canada, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Here’s the latest:
- Statement by Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper on two terror attacks in Canada this week — “We will not be intimidated.”
- Chaos in Canada: Gunfire erupts at Parliament (USA Today)
- Gunmen open fire at Canadian Parliament building; soldier down, 1 shooter possibly on loose (Fox News)
- In Canada Parliament attack, soldier shot, killed (CNN)
- Witness captures terror of shootings inside Canadian Parliament (CBS News)
“Multiple gunmen stormed the Canadian Parliament complex Wednesday, shooting at least one soldier and spraying as many as 30 shots inside the government building in Ottawa and leaving the nation’s capital on virtual lockdown just two days after a terror attack in Quebec, officials said,” reported Fox News.
“The shots rang out just before 10 a.m., and were quickly followed by reports of ‘several shooting incidents in downtown Ottawa,’ according to a tweet from police. The shooting at the government complex came after witnesses said they saw two men jump out of a Toyota Corolla and run toward the National War Memorial, where one opened fire on a soldier, officials told the Ottawa Sun. The gunmen then ran to the Parliament building, where witnesses later said they saw one gunman down near the library. Bernard Trottier, a Toronto-area MP, tweeted that the gunman inside Centre Block ‘has been shot and killed.’ The other was reportedly being sought.
“Veteran Affairs Minister Julian Fantino told QMI Agency that Parliament’s sergeant-at-arms, Kevin Vickers, shot one gunman dead. ‘All the details are not in, but the sergeant-at-arms, a former Mountie, is the one that engaged the gunman, or one of them at least, and stopped this,’ Fantino said from inside Centre Block. ‘He did a great job and, from what I know, shot the gunman and he is now deceased.’ More shootings were reported less than a mile away from Parliament Hill, near Rideau Centre Mall, but police did not know if the incidents were related and said no arrests had been made. ‘Most of downtown Ottawa is in lockdown,’ said Ottawa police Constable Marc Soucy.
“Ottawa police confirmed they were pursuing multiple shooters, but there were conflicting reports of how many were involved in the attack on nerve center of Canada’s federal government….
“We are still trying to clarify how many persons we are dealing with, and still waiting for the status of the victim who was shot at the War memorial,” says Ottawa Police Service spokesman Constable Chuck Benoit.
“Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was whisked away to a safe location as Royal Canadian Mounted Police converged on the complex,” reported Fox.