PHOTOS: Ottawa under police lockdown

An armed officer dashes across Wellington in downtown Ottawa Wednesday, Oct. 22. Anna Mehler Paperny/Global News

Ottawa police cordoned off a widening area around the War Memorial as they searched for a gunman following a fatal shooting Wednesday afternoon.

Officers armed with rifles dashed across the road and crouched behind concrete barriers; there was a moment of pandemonium when police yelled at a jostling contingent of journalists and onlookers to “Get down!” and as far away as possible in what turned out to be a premature alarm.

The area near Chateau Laurier remained cordoned off late Wednesday afternoon. But in a press conference police would confirm neither that the dead suspect was a lone gunman nor that they are searching for another shooter.

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