Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo killed outside Parliament• Gunman
killed inside main parliamentary building
• Shooter named as Michael
• Canadian prime minister safely evacuated
• Shooting two
days after Islamic convert kills soldier
11.50 (6.50) We're going to leave it there for the night. Please check our
Canada page for the latest.
11.40 (6.40) Corporal Nathan Cirillo, the soldier murdered this morning,
posed with a tourist on Sunday. This tragic picture is doing the rounds on
11.25 (6.25) We're expecting to get Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime
minister, speaking soon. In the meantime here's Reuters on how a lot of the
information on the alleged shooter is coming from the US, which maintains huge
databases on suspected jihadists.
police are investigating a man named as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a possible
suspect in the shootings around parliament, a source familiar with the matter
said on Wednesday.
Two U.S. officials said that U.S. agencies have been advised that the
shooter was a Canadian convert to Islam. One of the officials said that the man
was from Quebec.
11pm (6pm) The suspected gunmen appears to have been arrested several times
10pm (5pm) The soldier killed today is being named as Nathan Cirillo, a 24
year-old reserve soldier with the Hamilton Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders who
had been assigned to to hold the honour guard over the war memorial.
9.45 (4.45) Reuters reports that police are investigating Michael
Zehaf-Bibeau as the possible shooter, a Canadian in his early thirties. His name
is widely circulated by US officials speaking to American media:
9.35 (4.35) Obama spoke briefly about the attack in Ottawa from the Oval
Office, expressing his condolences and saying it was still unclear what
motivated the shooter:
8.55 (3.55) My colleagues Richard Spencer and Rosa Prince on how Canada, like
many other Western countries, has struggled with homegrown jihadism:
A 23-year-old called Mohammed Ali, known by his
nickname Abu Turaab al-Kanadi, has become a celebrity for cheering on Isil
Before he left, he was an oil worker.
Other Canadians were involved in high-profile international incidents: two
Ontario school-friends, including a convert, were killed when an al-Qaeda
offshoot took over a gas plant in southern Algeria; another Canadian bombed a
bus in Bulgaria; yet another was said to be one of the gang who stormed the
Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, last year killing 63 people.
8.25 (3.25) Update from Ottawa hospital on the injuries in today's attack:
8.16 (3.16) This is interesting: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have set
up a website where people can upload pictures or photographs they may have shot
with their smart phones. Anyone at the scene may have gathered crucial evidence
with their mobile.
8pm (3pm) The White House has tweeted nike air max 1 a readout of Obama's
call with Harper earlier:
7.52 (2.52) Soldiers who guard the National War Memorial were carrying
unloaded rifles, according to CBC. Their role was purely ceremonial, with the
duties being carried out by full-time and part-time soldiers, who were rotated
ever hour or every two hours.
7.36 (2.36) Police are asked if the gunman was targeting the prime minister
or some other senior government official. "It's way too early to determine a
motive," police say.
7.31 (2.31) Police aren't saying whether they're looking more shooters only
that they're continuing to clear and secure the area around Parliament Hill.
They are still "trying to ascertain the identity of the suspect".
7.30 (2.30) Jim Watson, the mayor of Ottawa, says "Today is a sad and tragic
day for our city and our country" but that motive for the shooting remains
7.20 (2.20) Charles Bordeleau, the chief of Ottawa police, confirms that the
soldier is dead, as is one gunman. He says nothing about whether there are more
gunman being hunted. He also offers reassurances to military personnel in the
area: "I want them to know that we're committed to their safety."
7.10 (2.10) David Cameron has tweeted his solidarity with the people of
7.01 (2.01) Ottawa police have put out their first formal statement. They're
confirming that the soldier at the war memorial has been killed and also saying
that one gunman was killed inside the parliament.
Importantly, they're now saying there was no shooting incident at the Rideau
Centre shopping mall, a retraction of earlier information.
It's now sounding possible that one gunman was responsible for shooting the
soldier and then charging into the parliament but we're waiting for more
6.45 (1.45) We're expecting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to begin a
media briefing shortly on today's shooting.
6.42 (1.42) The White House has expressed its solidarity with Canada and that
Obama and Harper are due to speak at some point later today.
6.40 (1.40) Tony Zobl, a witness who says he saw the first shooting at the
war memorial, says the gunman "raised his arms in triumph" after the shooting.
I looked out the window and saw a
shooter, a man dressed all in black with a kerchief over his nose and mouth and
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
6.33 (1.33) Here's Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister, being briefed
by police about today's shooting
6.30 (1.30) Chrystia Freeland, a Liberal member of the Canadian parliament,
described how she heard shots as she was walking to a party caucus meeting. “I
recognised they were gunshots,” she told MSNBC. “The right thing to do was hide.
I took off my high heels and put on my runners because I had to run.”
She said she was given a bullet proof vest to wear and she hid in the canteen
used by staff.
6.22 (1.22pm) A number of Canadian MPs are saying that the gunman inside of
Parliament was brought down by Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms in the House
While the sergeant-at-arms plays a ceremonial role during the official
opening of parliament, he is also a security professional trusted with
protecting the institutions of Canadian democracy.
Vickers is a veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and is said to be
at an Ottawa police station giving a statement.
6.15 (1.15pm) Canadian military personnel are being told not to wear their
uniforms in public, according to CBC.
6.03 (1.03pm) Police are said to be looking for two more suspects and the
streets of central Ottawa remain on lockdown. More than three hours after the
first shots were fired this doesn't appear to be over.
6.01pm (1.01pm) Another Conservative MP says the soldier is dead and says a
parliamentary guard was wounded.
5.57 (12.57) MPs from Canada's governing Conservative Party have been told
that the soldier shot at the war memorial is dead.
The soldier was standing a ceremonial guard at the National War Memorial near
parliament. The military has not yet confirmed his status.
5.55 (12.55) Police confirm that they are still looking for more suspects.
Armed officers remained flooded on the streets of downtown Ottowa.
5.50 (12.50) There are conflicting reports about the status of the soldier
shot at the war memorial. Police have not yet said if he's dead or alive.
5.40 (12.40) This picture from earlier appears to show Canadian MPs huddled
in a caucus room with chairs piled against the door:
5.35 (12.35) CBC, the Canadian broadcaster, is reporting that two people were
injured in the incident at the Rideau Centre and have now arrived at the
That would appear to mean three people have been injured: the soldier and two
5.20 (12.20) Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister, has put out a brief
statement and says he will address the nation later on today.
5.10 (12.10) The chaos in Canada is being closed watched in Washington, the
American capital. President Obama's aides have briefed him on the situation
there and the Capitol Police, who guard the US Congress, are aware of the
situation but not making any significant adjustments to their security posture.
5.00 (12.00) Let's quickly recap what's happening. Police say there have been
National War Memorial: A Canadian soldier was shot there and his
condition remains unclear
Centre Block building of Canadian parliament: A shooter ran through
the halls of the main building of the Canadian parliamentary complex. Candian
MPs and staff report that a shooter was killed there.
Rideau Centre: A shopping mall not far from Parliament. Ottawa Police
have confirmed there was a shooting there but it isn't clear whether that
shooting happened before or after the other two incidents.
4.59 (11.59) My colleague David Lawler has confirmed that the Rideau Centre,
a shopping mall near the parliamentary complex, is on lockdown. Police are
saying shots were fired there but it's not clear if it was the same shooter who
opened fire at the mall, the war memorial and inside the parliamentary building
or if we're looking at multiple shooters.
4.55 (11.55) The Canadian soldier is being treated at the Civic Hospital not
far from the parliamentary complex. The New York Times is reporting that the
soldier is dead but that has not been confirmed.
4.46 (11.46) This tweet captures the sense of shock in Canada right now:
Although Canadian forces fought in Afghanistan and have joined the US-led
coalition against Isil, the threat of terrorism has never been as palpable there
as it has been in the US and Britain since 9/11. For some Canadians that may
have changed this week.
4.45 (11.45) The first reports of gunfire reached Ottawa police at 9.52am,
meaning that it's been nearly two hours since the first shots. We haven't heard
any fresh reports of gunfire but police are still combing the area.
4.35 (11.35) Police are reportedly concerned about a shooter on a roof at the
4.27 (11.27) It is still not clear if this was the work of a lone gunman or
if multiple shooters were involved. Reuters reports that police are still
looking for more shooters:
And the Rideau Centre, a nearby shopping mall, has also been evacuated
4.25 (11.25) It's not clear if the soldier shot in the first moments of this
incident is stil alive.
4.22 (11.22) Dramatic footage from the shooting inside Parliament. You can
hear dozens of shots fired, although it's not clear if they came from the
shooter or from police.
4.12 (11.12) The situation appears to have calmed but lockdown remains in
place and police and warning people to stay away from windows:
4.06pm (11.06am) It's not clear who is responsible for today's shooting but
the shocking scenes in Ottawa come two days after a 25-year-old convert to
radical Islam ran down two Canadian soldiers, killing one. The driver, Martin
Couture-Rouleau, was shot and killed by police.
My colleague David Lawler has a little more detail:
Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53, was
struck by the vehicle and died from his injuries on Monday evening.
Couture-Rouleau had been previously placed on a government watch list as a
possible Islamic extremist, because items on his Facebook page had indicated
that he was "radicalising himself."
In a news conference held yesterday, police spokesman Martine Fontaine
explained why Couture-Rouleau had not been arrested:
"We could not arrest someone for having radical thoughts. It is not a
crime in Canada."
Canadian authorities are now trying to establish any links between
Couture-Rouleau and the Islamic State or other terror groups, but say all
indications at present are that the incident was a "lone wolf" attack.
4.03pm (11.03am) The Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, is safe and has
been evacuated from the Parliament Hill area, according to his spokesman.
4.01pm (11.01am) Bernard Trottier, another Canadian MP, is echoing reports
that the shooter is dead.
3.55pm (10.55) The shooting appears to have begun at the National War
Memorial outside of the Canadian parliament in Ottawa, where a soldier in
uniform was shot. The shooter then appears to have moved inside of Centre Block,
the main building of the Canadian parliamentary complex. More shots were
reported, presumably some fired by law enforcement.
Bob Zimmer, a Canadian MP, says there was a single gunman who is now dead:
3.45pm London (10.45am Ottawa) The Canadian parliament has been placed on
lockdown after a soldier was shot at a nearby war memorial and the shooter seen
running towards the building, according to reports.
Gunshots were heard at the site in Ottawa shortly after 3pm and police and
tactical teams have since arrived at the scene.
A Canadian soldier is believed to have been injured in the attack. It has
since been reported that the gunman has been shot and killed.
Bernard Trottier, a conservative member of the Canadian parliament, said on
Twitter: "Gunman at Parliament's Centre Block has been shot and killed."
Gerry Byrne, another politician, has tweeted a photograph of the police
presence in the Canadian capital.
Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister, was in parliament but has since
left the area, Reuters news agency has said.
The shooting comes two days after an Islamic convert ran down two Canadian
soldiers, killing one, near Montreal.