Shots fired in the Canadian capital Wednesday killed soldier Nathan Cirillo, 24. Striking photos of the event were captured after the unidentified shooter opened fire at the national War Memorial in Ottawa.
A woman gives mouth to mouth to a fallen soldier. http://t.co/lNAnSb5i7e via @nationalpost #ottawashooting pic.twitter.com/HGu3BIAUuv
— Melissa Leong (@lisleong) October 22, 2014
House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, 58, was called a hero after he stopped the shooter, CBC News reported. Two sources said he shot the assailant; the circumstances have not been confirmed.
More than one person was reportedly involved in the shooting, which means an additional gunman could be on the loose. “We have to apprehend and arrest the people that are involved in this morning’s incident,” Ottawa Police Constable Chuck Benoit told CNN, “and at this time we don’t have these people.”
Police said the hunt to find more suspects is “ongoing” and “fluid.” There is no confirmation that Wednesday’s attacks were led by Islamic State (ISIS) militants, the BBC reported. The Canadian parliament is currently in lockdown.
RIP Nathan Cirillo. 24 years old is wayyy too young. #OttawaShooting pic.twitter.com/wfKV70fTiD
— Reyschell (@reyschellalexis) October 22, 2014
One gunman was shot after police stormed the National War Memorial, the news site wrote. Three people were taken to the hospital. Cirillo died, and two are in stable condition at Ottawa Hospital.
President Barack Obama said Wednesday the shootings in Ottawa highlight the “degree to which we have to remain vigilant,” CNN reported. He told reporters: “We don’t yet have all the information about what motivated the shooting. We don’t yet have all the information about whether this was part of a broader network, or plan, or whether this was an individual, or series of individuals, who decided to take these actions.”
Cirillo was guarding the National War Memorial when he died, Ottawa police announced at a press conference. “Remember how one person’s life has been take– from his family, from his friends, from the future that was supposed to be his,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, according to the CBC News.
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