Still no indication that this is jihad. Still no indication that it isn’t. “Soldier shot outside of Parliament, one gunman ‘killed,’ but ‘multiple shooters’ suspected,” by John Ivison, Justin Ling, Josh Visser, and Jake Edmiston, National Post, October 22, 2014 (thanks to Lookmann):
A soldier was shot at the National War Memorial by an unknown assailant Wednesday morning and there are reports of 30 to 50 shots of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament.
“Gunman at Parliament’s Centre Block has been shot and killed,” Conservative MP Bernard Trottier tweeted at 10:30 a.m. Tory MP Bob Zimmer also reported the same. Those reports are unconfirmed as police are still actively searching the area and say it is “not a secure scene” as there may be multiple shooters.
Two sources told The Canadian Press that Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms for the House of Commons and 29-year RCMP veteran, shot a gunman. In video taken within Parliament, about a dozen gunshots can be heard within the halls.
Witnesses reported hearing shots in different corridors of Parliament and some fled the building by using the scaffolding erected for renovations.
After 11 a.m., there were more unconfirmed reports of more gunshots, this time near the Chateau Laurier hotel, northeast of Parliament.
Several medics were performing CPR on the soldier before he was taken away by ambulance.
“There is a shooter on the loose,” a police officer in the area told the Post‘s John Ivison, shortly after 10 a.m.
One suspect was described as “5’9-5’10, overweight and wearing a dark jacket, with a white scarf around his face,” by Stuart Barnable, a Liberal staffer who said he witnessed the events from East Block.
A Toyota Corolla, with no plates on it, was left outside of Parliament Hill. Multiple witnesses said they saw a gunman get out of it and attack the soldier.
Chuck Bronley of Ottawa said he was certain the victims was one of the ceremonial guards at the War Memorial.
Reports of at least one active shooter sparked chaos in Canada’s Parliament as MPs — and the Prime Minister — meet just steps away from where a gunmen opened fire.
Reporters and staffers grabbing breakfast and coffee were ushered in to the fifth floor cafeteria as security confirmed that there was an active shooter on the 2nd floor….