Soldier shot dead as three gunmen fire rounds into Canada parliament
By Jeremy Hainsworth
– 23 October 2014 12:00 AM
A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital was shot dead and gunfire then erupted inside parliament, authorities said.
One gunman was killed, and police said they were searching for as many as two others.
People fled Parliament by scrambling down scaffolding erected for renovations, while others took cover inside as police with rifles and body armour took up positions outside and blocked the normally bustling streets around the building.
Witnesses said the soldier was gunned down by a man dressed all in black with a scarf over his face. They said the gunman then entered parliament, where dozens of shots rang out.
Ottawa police spokesman Chuck Benoit said two or three gunmen were believed to be involved in the attack. Gilles Michaud, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, called it a "dynamic, unfolding situation."
Ottawa Hospital said it received two patients, both listed in stable condition, in addition to the soldier.
The attack came two days after a recent convert to Islam killed one Canadian soldier and injured another in a hit-and-run before being shot to death by police.
The killer had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey.
Tony Zobl (35) told how the drama unfolded. "I looked out the window and saw a shooter, a man dressed all in black something over his head as well, holding a rifle and shooting an honour guard in front of the cenotaph point-blank, twice.
"The honour guard dropped to the ground, and the shooter kind of raised his arms in triumph holding the rifle," Zobl said.
The gunman then ran up the toward Parliament Hill where politicians barricaded themselves in.