Ottawa shooting: Soldier shot at War Memorial has died
The Canadian Forces member shot during the shootings in Ottawa earlier today has died.
The soldier, a reservist from Hamilton, was killed during today’s terrorist-style Ottawa shootings while guarding the National War Memorial as part of a rotating ceremonial guard.
The Ottawa Police Service confirmed the soldier’s death in a statement released earlier.
“One shooting victim succumbed to injuries. He was a member of the Canadian Forces,” said the statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones.”
The police statement has also advised Ottawa residents to “stay away from the downtown area” and submit tips.
“This is an ongoing joint police operation and there is no one in custody at this time,” said the statement. “A number of RCMP and Federal government buildings are also closed to the public; as is Ottawa City Hall and all Ottawa Police stations.”
The unidentified shooter was shot dead by Kevin Vickers, the House of Commons’ Sergeant-at-Arms, during a shoot-out inside the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings. But the police won’t say whether the gunman acted alone.
“We’re still in the process of an active operation right now. We’re treating this very seriously with the RCMP in identifying and clearing Parliament Hill to render it safe,” said Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau during a media briefing a few hours ago.
The police also released this militarized “Ottawa Safety Perimeter”:
Safety perimeter: Lyon to Elgin St, Albert to Wellington St, and East of Canal Rideau. Mackenzie Ave is also closed. pic.twitter.com/mqDzD2JmDK
— Ottawa Police (@OttawaPolice) October 22, 2014
Much of downtown Ottawa is still under lockdown.
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