Downtown Ottawa remains under lock-down after a man with a rifle shot a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial Wednesday morning, before commandeering a car and driving to the doors of Parliament.


The CBC reports that numerous shots were fired inside the Parliament building, and a gunman has been confirmed dead. The wounded soldier's condition is not known as this time.

At least a dozen shots were reportedly fired outside the Library of Parliament.  Ottawa police and RCMP were on the hunt for more than one suspect believed to be involved.


Stephen Harper’s director of communications tweeted that the Prime Minister was safe and had left parliament Hill.

The violence erupted hours after Ottawa raised its terror threat level following a fatal attack earlier this week.  A Canadian soldier was killed and another was injured Monday in a hit-and run allegedly involving a Quebec man with ties to an Islamic extremist group.