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PHOTOS: Ottawa under police lockdown

An armed officer dashes across Wellington in downtown Ottawa Wednesday, Oct. 22.
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.

Police clear the area outside the Chateau Laurier as they search for suspect following War Memorial shooting in Ottawa Wednesday.
Police clear the area outside the Chateau Laurier as they search for suspect following War Memorial shooting in Ottawa Wednesday. Anna Mehler Paperny/Global News
An armed officer dashes across Wellington in downtown Ottawa Wednesday, Oct. 22.
An armed officer dashes across Wellington in downtown Ottawa Wednesday, Oct. 22. Anna Mehler Paperny/Global News
Ottawa police appeared prepared for an imminent confrontation near the Rideau Centre Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 22.
Ottawa police appeared prepared for an imminent confrontation near the Rideau Centre Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 22. Anna Mehler Paperny/Global News
One officer, armed with rifle, covers for another running behind a concrete barrier on Wellington Oct. 22.
One officer, armed with rifle, covers for another running behind a concrete barrier on Wellington Oct. 22. Anna Mehler Paperny/Global News
Police clear the area outside the Chateau Laurier as they search for suspect following War Memorial shooting in Ottawa Wednesday.
Police clear the area outside the Chateau Laurier as they search for suspect following War Memorial shooting in Ottawa Wednesday. Anna Mehler Paperny/Global News
Officers confer during their search for a shooter across the street from the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa Wednesday Oct. 22.
Officers confer during their search for a shooter across the street from the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa Wednesday Oct. 22. Anna Mehler Paperny/Global News
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An armed officer takes cover on Wellington in downtown Ottawa.
An armed officer takes cover on Wellington in downtown Ottawa. Anna Mehler Paperny/Global News
Police vehicles in downtown Ottawa Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Police vehicles in downtown Ottawa Wednesday, Oct. 22. Anna Mehler Paperny/Global News
An Ottawa police officer on motorcycle approaches a cordoned-off area in downtown Ottawa Wednesday, Oct. 22.
An Ottawa police officer on motorcycle approaches a cordoned-off area in downtown Ottawa Wednesday, Oct. 22. Anna Mehler Paperny/Global News
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