The heavy police presence continues in downtown Ottawa following this morning’s shootings.

Canadian Forces reservist Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24, was gunned down as he stood guard at the National War Memorial. In a second incident on Parliament Hill a shooting suspect was killed and it’s still unclear if he was the only gunman.

At an earlier news briefing Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud would not say if the dead man was among the suspected radicals RCMP recently admitted they were tracking.

He did, however, say they had no advance warning of the incident.

Police say the situation remains “dynamic and unfolding”, and some buildings including Centre Block on Parliament Hill remain under lockdown.

In Victoria, the Legislature got back to business with a moment of silence and pledges from the premier, the NDP leader and the speaker that fear will not force them to end access to public institutions.

Premier Christy Clark says British Columbians stand by the people of Ottawa.


Opposition leader John Horgan took up the theme of keeping the Legislature a place the public is still welcome.


Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to address the nation at 4pm PDT today