This post is going to be sparse on concrete information as this is ongoing right now as I write.
In Ottawa, Canada this morning, a gunman began firing attacked the Parliament Building. Canadian officials and parliament members were taken to a secure location and are currently barricaded. Despite being told by police not to use outside communication, some parliament members have reportedly sent out Tweets from their smartphones detailing the situation and their current status. The gunman has since been shot.
The United States Counterterrorism Office is currently in contact with Canadian authorities and is monitoring the situation and NORAD has raised the threat level to medium. There is speculation in the media that the gunman is connected to the jihadist organization called ISIS.
More details will become apparent later on and current speculation and information may turn out to be false, I will update this post with new information when it becomes available to me.
"The attack in which soldiers were ran over happened the day prior in Quebec. At around 9:50 AM the shooter attacked a soldier on guard at the National War Memorial, and then ran the about 500 meters up to the central block of Parliament. He was then surrounded, shot and killed. Ironically or by coincidence, Parliament was going to vote on a bill to expand anti terror legislation a few hours later. Authorities, while still present in the down-town core are now operating under the assumption that their was only one shooter. The mall, the Rideau Center, was never attacked. The exchange of gunfire confused many in the hotels nearby into believing the shooting was coming from the mall. " ~Ravajava
Thanks to Ravajava
for the updated information. CNN and Fox both erroneously were reporting the incident where two Canadian soldiers were run over as happening today and attributed it to gunman.
Update: The gunman has been identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a 32 year old man born in Quebec that recently converted to Islam and was also designated as a "high risk traveler". The man has reportedly gone by Abdul since his conversion, but is still legally named Michael.
A supposed photo of him was released on Twitter by ISIS. pullzone1.atlas.netdna-cdn.com…
CBC article: www.cbc.ca/news/politics/parli…
Live Reporting at Sky News: news.sky.com/story/1358205/can…