CHRIS UHLMANN: Parts of the Canadian capital, Ottawa, are in lockdown after a
gunman shot and killed a soldier at a war memorial, then it's believed the same
man ran into the nearby parliament and exchanged gunfire with police. The gunman
was also killed.
Ottawa has now been flooded by police and members of the
armed forces taking part in a massive manhunt for other suspects.
America correspondent Michael Vincent reports.
MICHAEL VINCENT: The
corridors of Canada's parliament have echoed to the sounds of gunfire.
reporter for the Globe and Mail newspaper captured the moment when armed police
and parliamentary guards crept down a hallway towards a suspected
(Sound of shouting and multiple gunshots)
Police have now confirmed the suspect is dead.
MPs had been at first
locked in their rooms - hundreds had been taking part in weekly meetings. They
were then evacuated from the building.
Directly next to the parliament is
the nation's war memorial. Today's first victim was a soldier who had been on
guard and was shot.
Rivo Namic told reporters about that first
RIVO NAMIC: Just, just five, 10 minutes ago I was walking along
the front of the war memorial. I was just passing, just over here, and all of a
sudden just heard a shot. Turned around and there was a guy with a rifle just
around on the back corner.
And just pow, pow. And then I saw one of the
other armed forces guys just running and he was running, he barrelled over, just
ran right over. The other guy just dropped and then the other one just run over.
I just started running at that, enough to look back to just dive underneath and
then I mainly called 911.
MICHAEL VINCENT: Downtown Ottawa has been
locked down as reports mounted of several suspects taking part in the
Police then began an operation to clear nearby buildings around
CHRIS UHLMANN: And our North America correspondent
Michael Vincent joins me now.
And, Michael, there's been another police
briefing since you filed that report, do we know much more?
VINCENT: No we don't, Chris. It's been more than seven hours since, seven and a
half hours since this incident began and people still don't know the motive for
this shooter, they don't who this shooter is and they haven't been told even
what gun was used.
All we do know is that two people have been shot and
killed - one at the war memorial, a soldier, one inside the parliament, the
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say the situation is
fluid and ongoing and the prime minister has issued a statement, his office has
issued a statement saying while the facts are still being gathered he's
condemned this despicable attack.
CHRIS UHLMANN: So clearly, we're not
sure whether or not there might be other gunmen? Police are searching for them
and there's been a lot of police activity away from the
MICHAEL VINCENT: Yeah, it's been quite an incredible
situation where you've had police en masse and other officials descend on the
parliament area, which is quite a large area - the central parliament building,
the east block and the west block, and then the war memorial on another side and
open grounds and forest even around that; and then the downtown area of Ottawa
which has been cordoned off, block by block, been growing every hour.
Police going into buildings, searching, at some stages we've seen them
pointing, you know, Canadian TV showed them pointing at rooftops, hiding behind
armoured vehicles, hiding behind, taking, you know, protection behind various
cars in the downtown area, worried about being potentially shot at from any
And this is sort of the confusion that reports have come in of
even a shopping centre being potentially a target. That's now been cleared but
it was shut down for a while.
Schools in the area are all on lockdown.
The whole area has been flooded with police and armed forces. And there still
isn't a clear sign yet, at least from the police, that the situation is even
over. They won't even confirm, for example, that the man at the war memorial was
the same man that entered the parliament building.