Soldier Shot Near Canada's Parliament Building Dies of Injuries (Updated with Police Statement)
According to officials
A soldier shot Wednesday morning near Canada's Parliament building has died, a government official said.
Police confirmed a man opened fire at the National War Memorial outside the government complex shortly before 10 a.m., hitting a soldier who was standing guard. Jason Kenney, an MP and Minister of Employment, Social Development & Multiculturalism, sent out a tweet saying the soldier had died.
"Condolences to family of the soldier killed, (and) prayers for the Parliamentary guard wounded," Kenney wrote. "Canada will not be terrorized or intimidated."
Police are investigating multiple reports of shootings and suspects after at least one gunman shot the soldier and sprinted toward Canada's Parliament building, sending bystanders and members of parliament scrambling for safety, Ottawa police said. Witnesses say shots then rang out when a man entered the Parliament building, where members were holding meetings.
UPDATE: Here is a release from the Ottawa Police Service:
The Ottawa Police Service and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) responded to reports of shooting incidents this morning in the downtown area. Police can now confirm that incidents occurred at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill.
Contrary to earlier reports no incident occurred near the Rideau Centre.
One shooting victim succumbed to injuries. He was a member of the Canadian Forces. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones.
Next of kin notification is underway and as such, the victim's identification will not be released.
One male suspect has also been confirmed deceased. There is no further update on injuries at this time.
This is an ongoing joint police operation and there is no one in custody at this time.