There are reports of shots fired in Ottawa this morning. Our Ottawa bureau is on the scene.
Paul Wells spoke to Barry Willis, who works at a nearby fibre optic company and tells us what he saw and heard:
Matthew Blais, a construction worker who was waiting on east block with view of war memorial, spoke to Michael Petrou and said that someone with a rifle was shooting at the war memorial—more shots than Matthew could count. “I seen a lot of people running and a I saw a guy go down I don’t know how many he hit,” said Blais. “From what I seen he was trying to hunt people down and get them really quick.”
Blais says the man then got into a green Toyota and drove onto Parliament Hill. He said the man ran into Centre block: “I seen him ran into the main building.”
Petrou added that Blais described the shooter as “male with a scarf or bandana like a turban covering most of his face and head.” He added that police were on scene “almost instantly.”