OTTAWA, CANADA — Panic in Canada where a soldier was shot and killed while standing guard at the Parliament war memorial Wednesday in Ottawa.
Police also confirm one suspected shooter is dead and at least one more may be on the run following several shootings all within blocks of each other.
Ottawa police, whose buildings were also locked down, provided details on Twitter about multiple shootings: “Incidents occurred at National War Memorial, near the Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill.”
The Canadian government told the United States that one shooter is dead in Ottawa, a senior U.S. official told CNN. So far, there is “no indication the shooter has ties to violent Islamic extremism,” but it is still extremely early in the investigation, the source said.
The FBI is helping Canadian authorities as they respond, a U.S. law enforcement official told CNN, adding that a connection to terrorism hasn’t been ruled out.
In response to the ongoing situation, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, has increased its alert posture, CNN has learned. That means that it has increased the number of planes on a higher alert status ready to respond if needed. NORAD and Canadian authorities are in contact, an official told CNN.
Parliament remains on lockdown.