Some are speculating that it is a day that has changed the face of Canadian security.
Canadians awoke yesterday morning to news that one Canadian soldier had been shot and killed standing guard besides the National War Memorial in the nation’s capital.
At approximately 9:20 a.m. EST (7:20 a.m. MST), RCMP in Ottawa responded to reports that an armed man had shot a soldier standing at the War Memorial, and then proceeded to move quickly into the Parliament Building a short distance away.
RCMP Asst. Commish. Gilles Michaud said in a press conference in the hours after the shooting, that the RCMP were surprised by this act.
“It’s still early but … It caught us by surprise.”
While the investigation is still ongoing, RCMP have confirmed that one man was shot and killed outside of the Parliamentary Library in the halls of the Parliament Tower.
The man who was gunned down was reportedly shot by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers.
Within moments of the lockdown, Gerry Ritz, MP for Battlefords-Lloydminster, and Leon Benoit, MP for Vegreville-Wainwright, had both been confirmed to be attending a morning national caucus meeting, and had been locked into the caucus room, while military officers and RCMP members searched Parliament Hill.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in the caucus meeting at the time, but was removed from the Hill and briefed on the details that were known at the time.
Michaud said in the press conference that the investigation into how the armed man passed Parliament Hill security would be looked into, but as the investigation is still ongoing, the RCMP would not comment by press deadline.