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Update: Soldier shot near Canada's parliament has died

Updated at 1:41 PM:The soldier shot at the Canadian war memorial inOttawahas died, and a guard in the nearby parliament buildings has been wounded, Canadian cabinet ministerJason Kenneysaid on Wednesday.

Condolences to family of the soldier killed, & prayers for the Parliamentary guard wounded.Canadawill not be terrorized or intimidated," Kenney, one of Prime MinisterStephen Harper's most powerful ministers, said on Twitter.

A spokeswoman for theCanadian militarysaid she could not confirm the report of his death and had no update on his condition.


Original: A gunman shot and wounded a soldier inOttawaand then entered the country's parliament buildings chased by police, with at least 30 shots fired, according to media and eyewitness reports on Wednesday.

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CBCTV said that a suspected gunman was shot dead inside the parliament building. It was not clear if he was acting alone.

Ottawapolice said they were actively looking for one or more suspects.

Parliament was locked down and Prime MinisterStephen Harperhad left the building safely as police converged on the area.

As the situation developed, CBC News said in a tweeted news alert that more shots were fired near parliament and the gunman was still at large.

Police and tactical teams converged on the area, crouching behind police cars and along fences.

Police cleared streets around parliament and cleared people from the area, shouting “it’s still active.”

People in downtownOttawashould stay away from windows and off roofs due to an "ongoing police incident," theRoyal Canadian Mounted Policecautioned in a statement

The wounded soldier was taken into an ambulance where medical personnel could be seen giving him cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

The shooting comes two days after an Islamic convert ran down two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one, near Montreal, before being shot and killed by police.

A construction worker on the scene told Reuters he heard a gunshot, and then saw a man dressed in black with a scarf over his face running towards parliament with a gun.

The man stopped a black car at gunpoint and hijacked it, construction workerScott Walshtold Reuters. The driver got out safely, then the man drove the car to theCenter Blockon Parliament Hill, where construction work is underway.

The suspected gunman rushed past a woman with a child in a stroller, who ran away screaming. He did not attack the woman or child, Walsh said.

Center Blockis the main building at Parliament Hill, a sprawling complex of buildings and open space in downtownOttawa. It contains theHouse of CommonsandSenatechambers as well as the offices of some members of parliament, senators, and senior administration for both legislative houses.

AGlobe and Mailreporter inCenter Blockon Parliament Hill tweeted that the building was under lockdown after "at least one shooter burst in and opened fire".

One member of parliament,Mark Strahl, tweeted from inside parliament: "Very tense situation inOttawathis morning. Multiple gun shots fired outside of our caucus room. I am safe and in lockdown. Unbelievable."

(Reporting by Andrea Hopkins; Writing by Andrea Hopkins and Frances Kerry; Editing by Amran Abocar; and Peter Galloway)

 
 
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