Video Captures Gunfire Inside Canada Parliament

Harper: Canada will not be intimidated
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2014 9:33 PM CDT
Updated Oct 23, 2014 12:15 AM CDT
Video Captures Gunfire Inside Canada Parliament
Members of Parliament barricade themselves in a meeting room during the attack.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nina Grewal)

Dramatic footage taken by a Globe and Mail reporter captures an exchange of gunfire inside the seat of Canada's government. More than 30 shots can be heard as authorities inside the Parliament building exchange fire with an attacker now identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. In an evening address to the nation, Prime Minister Stephen Harper described the "brutal and violent" Ottawa shooting as a terrorist attack—the second this week—and an assault on the values of "Canadians as a free and democratic people who embrace human dignity for all," the CBC reports. "Let there be no misunderstanding—we will not be intimidated," he said. "Canada will never be intimidated."

The gunman—who fatally shot 24-year-old soldier Nathan Cirillo before entering Parliament—was shot dead outside an occupied caucus room and three people were hospitalized with minor injuries, including one who was shot in the foot. After earlier reports of up to two other shooters, lockdowns around Parliament and in Ottawa's downtown core have been lifted. Police say nobody else is in custody and there is no longer any threat to the public in the area, reports the AP. The National Security Council says President Obama, who publicly condemned the attack as "outrageous," has spoken with Harper and offered "any assistance" needed, CTV reports. (Read more Michael Zehaf-Bibeau stories.)

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