Wednesday night’s rivalry game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators has been postponed due to a series of shootings in and around Parliament Hill in downtown Ottawa. The shootings resulted in the death of an Canadian soldier who was stationed at the National War Memorial and a gunman at Parliament Hill’s Centre Block, this according to Police Officials. The police did shoot and kill one gunman, and the search is ongoing for other suspects and gunmen.
“The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place this morning in downtown Ottawa,” the League said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by today’s tragic events on Parliament Hill and in downtown Ottawa,” Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement. “Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims as well as with all Members of Parliament and staff who have had to manage through today’s difficult circumstances. Hockey is certainly secondary to these type of tragic events and we know our fans stand alongside us with the League’s decision to postpone tonight’s game.”
“The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of all affected by the tragic events in downtown Ottawa today. The Club supports the National Hockey League’s decision to postpone tonight’s scheduled meeting with the Ottawa Senators. We have been witness today to some terrible events but are thankful to those brave men and women for their tireless service in protecting everyone’s safety.”
No date has been announced to the make-up, and the Maple Leafs were on lockdown during the shootings and the police sweep of Parliament Hill. The Police are looking for as many as two other gunmen and the police calls this a “dynamic, unfolding situation.”
Witnesses say that the soldier was gunned down by a man dressed in black with a scarf over his face. He then entered Parliament and witnesses said they heard dozens of shots. In addition to the soldier, the hospital said it received to other patients, both listed in stable condition.
One witness saw the shooting of the guard from his window:
“I looked out the window and saw a shooter, a man dressed all in black with a kerchief over his nose and mouth and something over his head as well, holding a rifle and shooting an honor guard in front of the cenotaph point-blank, twice,” the witness told the Canadian Press news agency.
“The honor guard dropped to the ground, and the shooter kind of raised his arms in triumph holding the rifle.”
#PrayForOttawa has been a tending hashtag on Twitter. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Ottawa and we all hope that this situation is resolved safely.