A Canadian soldier is reportedly dead, and one suspect gunman is confirmed dead following a chaotic morning on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Wednesday.

A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial was shot and there are reports of as many as 30 shots fired inside the Parliament by an unknown number of gunmen.

There are reports there are as many as two or three shooters and that one was shot and killed.

Police are now swarming downtown Ottawa looking for more possible suspects.

The War Memorial shooting occurred just before 10 a.m., and the shooter then apparently drove to the gates of Parliament Hill and ran inside the buildings.

A witness also reported that another man headed east, potentially in the direction of the Rideau Centre.

Two sources tell The Canadian Press that Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms for the House of Commons, shot an assailant.

It appears the soldier was shot in the chest, and paramedics could be seen performing CPR on him before he was taken away by ambulance. The soldier has since died.

Prime Minister Harper was on on scene but quickly whisked away to a secure location.

Parliament Hill is under lock down and police have brought in bomb-detecting robots.

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