OTTAWA, Canada -– The war with terror may have moved closer to the US border.
A reporter with Canada’s Globe and Mail captured on video the shootout inside Canada’s parliament building in Ottawa that may have killed a gunman authorities think was connected to the fatal shooting of a soldier just a few moments earlier at Canada’s War Memorial.
“I was just passing, just over here, and all the sudden, just heard a shot, turned around, and there was a guy with a rifle,” said eyewitness Raivo Nommick.
Ottawa police locked down all of their buildings after the shootings in Parliament, at the War Memorial, and near a mall as they searched for at least one more gunman.
Canadian authorities have not determined if this was a terrorist attack, although the shootings occurred less than a week after the Canadian government raised its terror alert.
Earlier this week, Quebec police killed a man described a “radicalized” Muslim after he hijacked a car and ran down two Canadian soldiers, killing one.
Following the shootings in Ottawa, the US embassy went on lock-down, and NORAD raised its alert level regarding air traffic between Canada and the US.
Terror or not, it was still a terrifying day in Ottawa.
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau has been identified by Canadian officials to their American counterparts as the suspected gunman, multiple U.S. officials told CNN.