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WASHINGTON---US President Barack
Obama condemned fatal shootings in
Canada yesterday as outrageous attacks.
"We're all shaken by it," he said.
Obama said the motive for the shootings
remained unknown. But he said as more
becomes known, that information will be
factored into US security considerations.
"We have to remain vigilant," he said.
Obama spoke by telephone yesterday
with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper. Obama said he offered condolences
on behalf of the American people.
A Canadian soldier standing guard at a
war memorial in the capital of Ottawa,
Ontario, was shot and killed. Gunfire also
erupted inside Parliament nearby, and
authorities say at least one gunman was
On Monday, authorities said a recent
convert to Islam killed one Canadian soldier
before being shot to death by police.
Obama also expressed the American
people's solidarity with Canada. (AP)
Obama on Canada shooting: We're all shaken by it
OTTAWA---A Canadian soldier stand-
ing guard at a war memorial in the
country s capital was shot to death yes-
terday, and heavy gunfire then erupted
inside Parliament. One gunman was
killed, and police said they were hunting
for as many as two others.
The attack immediately raised the
specter of terrorism, with Canada already
on alert because of a deadly hit-and-run
earlier in the week against two Canadian
soldiers by a man who police say was
fired up with radical Muslim fervor.
Witnesses said the soldier was gunned
down at point-blank range just before
10 am by a man carrying a rifle and
dressed all in black, a scarf over his face.
They said the gunman then ran off and
entered Parliament, a few hundred yards
away, where numerous shots soon rang
People fled the complex by scrambling
down scaffolding erected for renovations,
while others took cover inside and bar-
ricaded doors with chairs as police with
rifles and body armor took up positions
outside and cordoned off the normally
bustling streets around Parliament.
Police gave no details on how the gun-
man died. But on Twitter, Member of
Parliament Craig Scott credited Parliament
sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers with
shooting the attacker just outside the
MPs caucus rooms.
"Today is a sad and tragic day for our
city and our country," Ottawa Mayor Jim
Watson said. He said it was a tragedy
with "origins as yet not fully known,
causes not yet fully understood."
Ottawa police spokesman Chuck Benoit
said two or three gunmen were believed
to be involved in the attacks.
Gilles Michaud, assistant commissioner
of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police,
called it a "dynamic, unfolding situa-
The identity of the slain gunman was
not immediately released, and police
would not speculate on a motive for the
Ottawa Hospital said it received two
patients, both listed in stable condition,
in addition to the soldier.
Tony Zobl said he witnessed the soldier
being gunned down from his fourth-
floor window directly above the National
"I looked out the window and saw a
shooter, a man dressed all in black with
a kerchief over his nose and mouth and
something over his head as well, holding
a rifle and shooting an honor guard in
front of the cenotaph point-blank, twice,"
Zobl told the Canadian Press news
"The honour guard dropped to the
ground, and the shooter kind of raised
his arms in triumph holding the rifle."
Zobl said the gunman then ran up the
street toward Parliament Hill.
Cabinet minister Tony Clement tweet-
ed that at least 30 shots were heard inside
Parliament, where Conservative and Lib-
eral MPs were holding their weekly cau-
The attack came two days after a recent
convert to Islam killed one Canadian sol-
dier and injured another with his car
before being shot to death by police.
Canada had raised its domestic terror
threat level from low to medium Tuesday
because of what it called "an increase in
general chatter from radical Islamist
A police officer secures the scene of a shooting on Parliament Hill
in Ottawa yesterday. PHOTO: THE CANADIAN PRESS
A Canadian Forces soldier given mouth to mouth resuscitation after being shot at the National War Memorial in
Ottawa, yesterday. PHOTO: MAILONLINE
An Ottawa police officer
runs with his weapon
Parliament Hill in Ottawa
yesterday. AP PHOTO
2 dead as gunman storms
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