Police: Shots fired at Canadian Parliament, 2 other places in Ottawa

Police: Shots fired at Canadian Parliament, 2 other places in Ottawa

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Police in Ottawa say shots also were fired near a shopping mall close to Parliament.

Ottawa police Constable Marc Soucy said Wednesday there have been shots fired at three places in the Canadian capital: at the National War Memorial, where a soldier was wounded, on Parliament Hill and near the Rideau Centre Mall.

All three sites are within less than a mile from each other.

He said it started at the war memorial and that it is still unclear whether there is more than one shooter. No arrests have been made.

"Most of downtown Ottawa is in lockdown," Soucy said.

The attack came two days after a recent convert to Islam killed one Canadian soldier and injured another in a hit-and-run before being shot to death by police. The killer had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey.

On Wednesday, video taken by a reporter for the Globe and Mail showed police officers walking slowly through Parliament toward the entrance with guns drawn. The sound of a gunshot ran out, followed by the sounds of multiple shots.

The top spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Harper was safe and had left Parliament Hill.

Soucy said shots were also fired at a shopping mall near Parliament. All three sites - the National War Memorial, Parliament and the mall - are within less than a mile from each other.

"Most of downtown Ottawa is in lockdown," Soucy said.

Cabinet minister Tony Clement tweeted that at least 30 shots were heard inside Parliament, where Conservative and Liberal MPs were holding their weekly caucus meetings.

"I'm safe locked in a office awaiting security," Kyle Seeback, another member of Parliament, tweeted.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police warned people in downtown Ottawa to stay away from windows and rooftops.

The wounded soldier was taken away in an ambulance. His condition was not immediately known.

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