A Canadian soldier was killed this morning in shootings that forced police to lock down Parliament and hustle the country’s prime minister to a safe location.
Police are searching for two suspects after one was “dealt with,” according to a spokesman for the Ottawa police. Officials later said that male suspect was killed.
The gunfire prompted security force to take Prime Minister Stephen Harper to a “safe” place not at Parliament Hill, his spokesperson said. Harper’s usual office is in a building near the shooting site.
“The prime minister is safe and not on Parliament Hill and being briefed by security officials,” his spokesman Jason MacDonald said.
Ottawa Police said via Twitter the initial shooting took place at 9:52 a.m. at the National War Memorial of Canada, but that was just the beginning of the violent episode, which has now stretched into investigations in at least one other location: Parliament Hill. A nearby shopping mall, the Rideau Centre, was subsequently evacuated.