Breaking News: Gunfire in Canadian Parliament

Reports are still highly conflicted right now. But at about 10:00 AM EDT this morning, gunfire broke out near and in the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa. Multiple shooters seem to have been involved, and there’s one recurring report that the parliamentary sergeant-at-arms (a bit literal in this case) took down one of them. There’s no consensus on deaths or injuries–or arrests, for that matter–at this point, and the Parliament Hill area remains on lockdown. And of course there’s no information now as to motives for the shootings.

Here’s a shaky video of shots being fired inside the Parliament Building (please avoid if the sound of gunfire disturbs you unduly). I’ve been inside the building before, and it’s quite the place for echoing sounds and places to hide.

We’ll have more info when it’s available.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.