Yesterday was a day of tragedy and horror here in Ottawa. I spent the day in lockdown at my office with my coworkers after a soldier was shot.
It began around 10:00a.m. when a soldier guarding the Unknown Soldier at the War Memorial was shot and killed by an individual believed to have terrorist motivations. Several others were seriously wounded. The individual then made his way into Parliament which was located up the street and fired about twenty shots. He was taken down and killed by an RCMP veteran.
The downtown core in which I live and work was shut down by the police as they searched for others who may have been involved. It wasn't until late last night that they determined the crime was the act of a lone individual.
Our city is slowly returning to normal, although there will be a period of mourning over the loss of life of an innocent soldier. There are also a lot of questions about how easily a shooter carrying a long gun made his way onto Parliament Hill and into the lobby after already having shot a soldier across the street. Mostly there will be questions, and hopefully answers, as to what caused him to do this.