Yesterday Canada’s capital was rocked with a shooting which began at the National War Memorial and continued inside Parliament while Prime Minister Stephen Harper was addressing a caucus meeting.
Of course twitter broke the news first, with more updates following the hashtag #OttawaShooting.
So here’s what you should know:
1. Police have confirmed that it was a singular person responsible for the shooting.
2. The suspect has been widely identified as a Quebec man with a history of petty crime, drug charges and mental illness.
3. The soldier on duty killed at the War Memorial’s name was Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was also a father.
4. Here is some footage from a journalist in Parliament at the time, showing gunfire exchange. This gives some sense of the grave silence between shots, and the fear of those present.
5. Witnesses identified the parliamentary Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers, as the man who shot dead the attacker.
6. Since, Canadians and Ottawa locals have responded to the twitter trend by also creating the hashtag #MyOttawa to showcase their city at its best, right after the world has seen it as its worst.