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Gunman Kills Guard At National War Memorial, Fires 30 Shots Inside Canadian Parliament

Gunman Kills Guard At National War Memorial, Fires 30 Shots Inside Canadian Parliament Canadian Parliament Shooting
A gunman has fired dozens of times inside the halls of the Canadian Parliament after he shot a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial.

The Parliament's Centre Block was been placed under lockdown this morning after a gunman was seen climbing out of his car, grabbing a rifle, shooting the soldier in the abdomen and then running towards Parliament Hill.

Ottawa police received a call at 9.52am that shots had been heard inside Parliament, while journalists cowering inside the building said they had heard dozens of rounds and could smell gunpowder in the hallways.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Harper was safe and had left Parliament Hill.

Injured: A wounded person is carried into an ambulance at the scene of a shooting at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday morning. The gunman then headed towards the Parliament

Injured: A wounded person is carried into an ambulance at the scene of a shooting at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday morning. The gunman then headed towards the Parliament

Hurt: The Parliament was placed under lockdown after the gunman opened fire on a soldier

Hurt: The Parliament was placed under lockdown after the gunman opened fire on a soldier

The soldier's condition is unknown but the Ottawa Citizen reported that the man, in his 30s, was shot in the abdomen. Paramedics performed CPR and he was pictured being carried away in an ambulance.

An Ottawa Citizen reporter inside the building,Jordan Press, wrote on Twitter that the suspect was '5"9-5"10, overweight & wearing a dark jacket'.

He added that the suspect's car - a Toyota Corolla - was parked in front of the building with its engine still running. 

Other reporters inside the building described the panic in the hallways. 

'Dozens of shots in parliament,' Josh Wingrove, a reporter for the Globe and Mail, tweeted just before 10am. 'I see a body on the ground outside the library of parliament.'

He went on: 'I was in the west wing of the building and shooter appears to have entered through main door on south side, heading north along hallway.

'I heard dozens of gunshots and the smell of gunpowder is heavy in the hallways right now.'

Fears: A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team responds to a shooting at Parliament building in Ottawa on Wednesday. Gunfire was heard inside the building shortly before 10am

Fears: A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team responds to a shooting at Parliament building in Ottawa on Wednesday. Gunfire was heard inside the building shortly before 10am

On their way: A reporter tweeted that he could see a body on the floor inside the building

On their way: A reporter tweeted that he could see a body on the floor inside the building

He added: 'One security guard said that it appears one officer may have been shot but we have no way to confirm that.'

Speaking to CNN, Wingrove said it appears the gunman entered the front entrance that has 'many armed guards' but no metal detector'.

'If you flash your valid pass, they allow you to go in,' he said. 'This appears to be the entry point based on witness accounts.'

The caucuses for the Conservative and Liberal and NDP were holding their Wednesday meetings when the incident happened, the Citizen reported. 

The incident comes just two days after two Canadian soldiers were run over - and one of them killed - in Quebec by a man with jihadist sympathies. 

 

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