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Manhunt underway in Canada for gunman who killed one, injured three in ‘targeted’ attack

2020-01-08

An intense manhunt was underway in Canada Wednesday afternoon for a gunman who killed one person and injured three others in what authorities believe was a “targeted attack.”

Police responded around 7:30 a.m. to reports of a shooting at a residence in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, located near Parliament Hill — where the federal legislature conducts business.

When they arrived on the scene, officers found four people suffering from gunshot wounds, according to a press release from the Ottawa Police Department. One of the victims died at the home while the other three were rushed to the hospital with “serious injuries.”

Those wounded include a 15-year-old boy, who was taken to CHEO — a pediatric hospital and research center in Ottawa — in stable condition, a spokesperson at the medical facility told NBC News.

Within hours of their initial response, authorities announced that the scene was secure, noting that it was no longer “considered an active shooter situation.”

“At this time, there is no suspect in custody; however, investigators believe that the shooting was targeted,” Ottawa Police Department officials said in a statement shared on Twitter.

What exactly occurred in the moments leading up to the deadly attack are unclear and authorities have provided few details about the shooting.

There is no description of the suspected shooter at this time.

“A coordinated response is underway. Please avoid the area,” police said in a tweet.

The site of Wednesday’s incident is located about a half-mile from the Canadian Parliament — the same place a gunman fatally shot a soldier at the National War Memorial before being killed in a gunfire exchange with police in 2014.