LIVE UPDATE -Canadian Parliament Attack -Suspect, victim in today’s attacks identified
Ottawa – The suspect in today’s attack at Ottawa’s National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill has now been identified. He is Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian citizen born in 1982 in Quebec, who converted to Islam.
He was shot at and killed by Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms for the House of Commons, in the main entrance of the Centre Block. Several witnesses described seeing a man jump from a Toyota Corolla at 9:52am and run towards the Centre Block. They described him as dressed in dark blue and black, with a scarf wrapped around his face, carrying a shotgun or some other type of long gun.
However, he might be one of the attackers who assaulted and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a soldier standing guard at the war memorial and wounded others. Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau did not directly answer questions of the reporters that other shooter/s might be on the loose. Meanwhile, Parliament Hill and Ottawa’s downtown areas remain under strict vigilance with police combing the streets.
LIVE UPDATE – Canadian Parliament Attack – Canadian Soldier killed ,1 Shooter shot dead
Ottawa – A Canadian soldier was killed by an unidentified gunman at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. One suspect was shot dead inside the Canadian Parliament Building and there may be one or more shooters and Canadian police warned people in Ottawa to stay away from windows and roofs after the shooting the operation is ongoing.
The Ottawa Police Service and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) along with Jim Watson(Mayor of Ottawa) held a press conference at around 2:30 PM today.
As per the press release – The Ottawa Police Service and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) responded to reports of shooting incidents this morning in the downtown area. Police can now confirm that incidents occurred at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill.
Contrary to earlier reports no incident occurred near the Rideau Centre. One shooting victim succumbed to injuries. He was a member of the Canadian Forces. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones. Next of kin notification is underway and as such, the victim’s identification will not be released.
One male suspect has also been confirmed deceased. There is no further update on injuries at this time.
This is an ongoing joint police operation and there is no one in custody at this time.
Ottawa residents are asked to stay away from the downtown area while the investigation continues. If you work in one of the downtown buildings, follow the instructions from the building management you are in.
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 Ottawa Police Service wants to speak to witnesses of today’s shooting incidents. Witnesses are to call Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222, ext 5493.
Those with tips regarding the shooting incidents, or those looking to report suspicious activity, can call 613-236-1222 or call 9-1-1.
Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477(TIPS), toll free at 1-800-222-8477 or by downloading the Ottawa Police iOS app.
As the operation in ongoing still many questions remain unanswered .
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said there is no known specific threat against the city but Torontonians will see an increased police presence at major public institutions and the transit system among other places.
Canada’s Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism Jason Kenney tweeted – Condolences to family of the soldier killed, & prayers for the Parliamentary guard wounded. Canada will not be terrorized or intimidated.
Ontario Premier Kathlene Wayne – There is fear and uncertainty about what has happened in Ottawa, but democracy will not be silenced. Stay safe, Ottawa.
The attack comes just one day after Canada raised its national “terrorism” alert. The level was raised from low to medium after authorities said a man they believed to be “radicalized” struck two officers with his car Monday, but authorities said the heightened alert was not “the result of a specific threat.”
PM Harper will address the nation tonight, US is offering help to Canada as US President Obama spoke to Harper over the phone.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi – News of the attack in Ottawa is extremely disturbing. I pray for everyone’s safety.
Mississauga Mayoral candidate Steve Mahoney -I am deeply saddened to hear of today’s shooting incident in Ottawa. Katie and I send our sincere condolences and prayers to the family and loved ones of the soldier who lost his life in this heinous act of violence. Both at home and abroad, our Armed Forces put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms we enjoy as Canadians. We must honour their sacrifice, and strive to uphold the ideals they are sworn to protect.
Source:- The Globe and Mail/ Youtube.com