A gunman made his way into Parliament Hill’s Centre Block on Wednesday, shortly after shooting a Canadian soldier nearby.
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, died after being shot twice in the chest at point blank range while he stood guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial.
Parliamentarians, staffers, and journalists in the building at the time were put on lockdown while RCMP and Ottawa police rushed to secure federal buildings and nearby commercial areas and schools.
Here are some dramatic images from the scene:
Police secure an area around Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Oct.22. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld.
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An Ottawa police office draws her weapon in Ottawa on Oct.22. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick.
Paramedics and police pull a victim away from the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa on Oct. 22. A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial was shot by an unknown gunman and people reported hearing gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was rushed away from Parliament Hill to an undisclosed location, according to officials. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld
An Ottawa police officer runs with his weapon drawn in Ottawa on Oct. 22. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick.
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson briefs Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the shootings at Parliament Hill on Oct. 22. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Prime Minister's Office.
An RCMP intervention team run next to a Parliament building in Ottawa on Oct.22. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld.
A police officer directs traffic near the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada on Oct. 22. AFP PHOTO/Lars Hagberg.
Police teams move towards Centre Block at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Oct. 22. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang.
Three heavily armed police officers walk along Queen Street near Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Oct. 22. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang.
A photo by Conservative MP Nina Grewal shows MPs barricading themselves in a meeting room on Parliament Hill on Oct.22 after shots were fired inside. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Nina Grewal.
A heavily armed RCMP officer takes position at the gate of 24 Sussex Dr., the official residence of the Prime Minister, on Oct. 22. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang.
Armed police officers walk on Queen Street near Parliament Hill on Oct. 22. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang.
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