VIDEO: Gunfire Exchange from Globe Reporter at Ottawa, Canada Parliament Building


Video from Globe reporter captures exchange of gun fire in Parliament Hill building.

A Canadian soldier was shot and killed at a war memorial near Parliament about 10:00 a.m. Wednesday. Witnesses report a man with long dark hair, black clothes and a scarf walked up to the soldier and shot him in the chest. Witnesses also reported that two men jumped out of a Toyota Corolla and ran toward the War Memorial before the shooting.

Gunfire was also reported at the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa, Canada — about 500 yards away from the war memorial. The gunfire inside the Parliament building started in the foyer, and a second round of gunfire exchange occurred about a minute later in a hallway or near the entrance to the Parliament’s library.

Video shows police officers with weapons drawn, and most of the dozens of shots that he heard appeared to have been fired by officers at the gunman. When the shooting ended, the gunman was lying motionless on the ground near the library entrance.

There are reports that at least 30 shots were fired.

Three shooting victims in hospital; two in stable condition.

Ottawa police at 10:30 a.m. are operating near the scene believing there are two or three gunmen involved in the shooting.

There are also early reports of multiple shootings in Ottawa — one site at a hotel (Chateau Laurier) near parliament, and another site near a shopping mall (Rideau Centre).

Meanwhile, a hit-and-run car crash that killed one Canadian soldier and injured another at a strip mall in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec on Monday is believed to be a terrorist attack, according to authorities. The suspected offender in the hit-and-run crash, Martin Rouleau-Couture, is believed to be a radicalized Islamic terrorist. Several postings on his Facebook page, which has been taken down, expressed support of Islamic State violence, anti-Semitic statements, and statements that disparaged Christianity.


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