Some MPs will gather at the War Memorial where Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was fatally shot on Wednesday.
Members of Canada’s Parliament were expected to return to work Thursday just one day after a gunman shot and killed a Canadian soldier just outside Parliament before later being killed himself.
The soldier, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, was shot early Wednesday while on guard at Ottawa’s War Memorial, which stands just steps from Parliament Hill. A gunman then stormed Parliament itself, with shotgun blasts fired just outside the chamber where Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking to legislators before being hustled out of the building. A Globe and Mail reporter captured the following violent, but not graphic, footage from inside Parliament:
The deceased gunman was the only person responsible for the incident, Canadian police said early Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
Wednesday’s incident came just two days after after a man ran over two soldiers in Quebec, killing one before the assailant was gunned down by police. The timing of the two incidents have led some observers to suspect ties to terrorism, though the motivation for Wednesday’s attack in downtown Ottawa is still unclear.
“We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated,” Harper said in a televised address later Wednesday, adding that the incident will lead to a redoubling of Canada’s efforts to fight terrorism. Canada this month said it would send six jets to join the coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS.
President Barack Obama decried the attack on Wednesday as “outrageous,” telling reporters, “Obviously we’re all shaken by it.” Security was tightened at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington in light of the Ottawa shooting, the Associated Press reports.
Industry Minister James Moore said on Twitter that Parliament will convene on Thursday as planned.
Some members of parliament said they would gather beforehand at the National War Memorial, the site of the shooting.