Shooting on Parliament Hill

Halifax ups security in response.

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Canada is on high alert after a man or several men opened fire today on Parliament Hill. At least one soldier who was standing guard at the National War Memorial was shot in the chest. CBC reports his condition is not known at present.

The shooting has caused a lockdown in areas around downtown Ottawa and Parliament Hill. Many MPs, journalists and government employees are trying to remain safe. Some of those people have been moved to the nearby Chateau Laurier Hotel.

The Canadian Press says sergeant-at-arms for the House of Commons Kevin Vickers shot and killed one of the assailants. Cabinet minister Tony Clement has tweeted that he heard at least 30 shots inside the building.

Here in Halifax, security is on high alert in what's hopefully only a precautionary move. The Herald's Michael Gorman says Province House has requested more police officers, and increased security screenings. Some government employees were told they could go home for the day, or stay locked down at work. Security is also being increased at CFB Stadacona.

There'll obviously be lots more to talk about in coming days, but for now we're all hoping everyone is safe and unhurt in our nation's capital.

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