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Updated 1:30 p.m. | Capitol Police say they are monitoring the Wednesday morning shooting inside the Canadian Parliament, but have not taken any “significant” steps to heighten security around Congress.
Canada’s legislature was locked down after a gunman shot a soldier at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa and was then chased by police into the main parliament building. Witnesses said 20 to 30 shots were fired there, according to a CBC News, report posted at 10:02 a.m.
Police and tactical teams have converged on the area, and Canadian armed forces bases across country are being closed to public as part of the response.
Lt. Kimberly Schneider said in an 11:39 a.m. email that Capitol Police are tracking the event.
“As of this writing, no modification to our security posture — still at our post-9/11 heightened state of alertness,” Schneider said.
At 12:45 p.m., Schneider added to the earlier comment, telling CQ Roll Call there had been no “significant” changes to security.
“The department “remains at a post-9/11 heightened level of awareness, with no significant modification to our security posture,” she said. “The USCP continues to monitor and track the Canadian event.”
The Canadian Embassy in D.C. is on lockdown, according to multiple reports. The complex is located only a few blocks from the Capitol at 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
On Tuesday, Canada raised its domestic terror threat level from low to medium after a man attacked two Canadian soldiers in Quebec.
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