Two Confirmed Dead In Shooting Near Canadian Parliament

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Two Confirmed Dead In Shooting Near Canadian Parliament

Police are searching for "multiple shooters"

Emergency staff tended to the injured at the memorial. (Photo: BBC)

Update 2:40 EST:

Two people are confirmed dead from Wednesday's shooting.

The Canadian soldier shot while guarding Canada's War Memorial has reportedly died from his injuries. Furthermore, a "male suspect" is confirmed dead.

Police are reportedly searching cars leaving attempting to travel from Ottawa to Quebec and going door to door in downtown Ottawa, where schools remain on lockdown.

"At an afternoon press conference, [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] would not say whether another gunman was believed at large," CBC reports.

CBC continues:

Ottawa Civic Hospital confirmed three people were taken to hospital. Two are stable, and one has a gunshot wound. The hospital was referring calls on the status of the other victim to the Department of National Defence.

Earlier:

Downtown Ottawa buildings are on lockdown after multiple shots were reportedly fired near Parliament and at soldiers guarding Canada's War memorial on Wednesday morning.

Canadian publication rabble.ca reports:

A gunman shot and very seriously wounded a Canadian Forces soldier at the War Memorial in Ottawa at about 10:00 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, October 22.

According to witnesses, the gunman then hijacked a car, without harming the driver, and drove onto Parliament Hill.

There are reports that the gunman then entered the main entrance of the Centre Block of Parliament and shot repeatedly and indiscriminately.

Journalists who were on the scene at the time report that some people there were gravely injured, but there are no details as to the extent of casualties yet.

Marc Soucy of the Ottawa Police said there were "numerous gunmen" responsible for what witnesses say were dozens of shots, according to CNN.

This footage from inside the Parliament Hill building was captured by a Globe & Mail reporter on the scene at the time:

A Canadian soldier has reportedly been struck by gunfire, and further information about this or other injuries was not immediately available.

Reports and updates are being posted to Twitter:

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