Sun News host Michael Coren sparked controversy Wednesday after promoting his book on Twitter shortly after a Canadian soldier was shot at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
In a tweet that has since been deleted, Coren said he knew there would be "more attacks," and linked to an Amazon page for his book, "Hatred: Islam's War on Christianity."
Coren later claimed the link to Amazon was automatically attached to his tweet and apologized.
Nathan Cirillo, a reservist from Hamilton, Ont., later died from his injuries.
The reaction on Twitter was scathing, particularly from journalist Peter Henderson who was among the first to break the news of the attack in Ottawa and shared a photo of the soldier receiving CPR.
Henderson did not pull any punches when it came to Coren's ill-timed tweet.
.@michaelcoren fuck you, you worthless garbage person. I just saw a soldier die and you’re plugging your stupid book.— Peter Henderscare (@Henderburn) October 22, 2014
A little later, Henderson again called out Coren.
Liberal speechwriter Colin Horgan also expressed disgust.
you have got to be kidding. MT @michaelcoren: I wish I had been wrong when I said there would be more attacks.October 22, 2014
Coren later apologized but reiterated he wished he had been wrong about more attacks.
I will say again, I wish I has been wrong when I said there would be more attacks. Re book - apologies: it was an automatic link.— Michael Coren (@michaelcoren) October 22, 2014
For those who want to scream I said on 1010 at 9am I feared there would be more attacks. THAT was reference. Book link automatic. Removed.— Michael Coren (@michaelcoren) October 22, 2014
This obscenity must unite & not divide Canada. From evil, good can still flourish.— Michael Coren (@michaelcoren) October 22, 2014
On Wednesday morning, a gunman opened fire at the memorial, wounding a soldier, before moving to nearby Parliament Hill where he was reportedly shot by Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms for the House of Commons, after wounding a security guard.
The Hill remains on lockdown amid reports there may be multiple shooters.
The attack comes just two days after two Canadian soldiers were run over — one of them killed — in Quebec by a man with jihadist sympathies.
A number of MPs also took to Twitter to share chilling updates Wednesday morning.
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With files from The Canadian Press