” Several shots have been fired outside and inside the nation’s parliament in Ottawa.
Witnesses reported seeing a gunman firing at the Ottawa War Memorial and then running toward the government buildings, where more shots were heard.
A soldier has been wounded in the attack, Canadian media report.
The incident came hours after Canada raised its terror threat level from low to medium. A soldier was killed in a hit-and-run earlier in the week.
” Shots fired at War Memorial at 9:52am today; one person injured,” Ottawa Police tweeted on Wednesday as a witness reported seeing authorities search from room to room for the suspect.
The gunman fired on soldiers guarding Canada’s main war memorial and then ran into the parliament.”
Here is a more detailed accounting of the attack from the Ottawa Citizen …
” John McKay, another Liberal MP, says a librarian in Parliament told him she saw shooter walking through halls with rifle
Witnesses to the War Memorial shooting described a man pull up in a car in front monument just before 10 a.m., get out with a rifle and started firing shots at the soldiers standing guard. About five or six shots were fired.
The soldier fell on the steps at the foot of the Cenotaph, where bystanders and paramedics provided emergency medical care. The soldier, believed to be a man in his 30s, was taken to hospital by ambulance suffering from gunshots to his abdomen. His condition is unknown.
Witnesses said the man got back into the car, raced up Elgin Street and parked on Wellington Street in front of a gateway to the Hill. The man wore what one witness described as an “Arabic scarf” and was carrying what was described as a long rifle.
Police warned bystanders downtown that the shooter was still on the loose. The suspect is described as 5-9 to 5-10, overweight and wearing a dark jacket. “