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Shooting at Parliament Hill: account from VO Ottawa correspondent

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UPDATE: The shooter on Parliament Hill has been identified as 32-year-old Canadian-born Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, according to CBSNews.

UPDATE: The soldier shot at the National War Memorial this morning has died. He has been identified as Cpl Nathan Cirillo from the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.

Parliament Hill came under attack today as a man with a rifle shot a soldier at the National War Memorial and then drove to Parliament, firing shots inside the building. 

Ottawa correspondent Matt Millar recounted the shocking incident, which left MPs, staff and journalists rattled. 

"The incident inside centre block just below our offices in press gallery," Millar said.

"There was an initial loud bang from what sounded like a very high powered gun. After the first bang, there was a lot of shouting from security. And then three dozen rounds of handguns fired just below our office.

 

 "I was on the third floor, very close to where we were barricaded, along with 15 other journalists--we broke a window on the third floor to get from our office to the roof, and from there, we waited for the police to escort us out." 

Millar said the shooter was not alone. According to a report by France24, there are multiple shooters. 
 
However, the suspect's name and identity are not confirmed. An eyewitness told CBC: 
 

"Suddenly I saw a small guy with long black hair... with a long rifle, and he ran away after the shots, across streets in the direction of Parliament Hill," he said.  

Millar said he heard a second shooter closeby as well. 
 
"The second shooter outside building from below our office -- he attempted to gain access through office of an MP," he said. 
 
"Police are on a now on a manhunt. They're actively looking for the others.  There's rumours that Château Laurier Chateau is on lockdown. A lot of people have been evacuated but some are still in the building." 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, Green Party leader Elizabeth May and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau are reportedly safely evacuated. 
 
The City of Ottawa has been tweeting frequent updates on where to avoid in the city: 
 
 
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