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IN PHOTOS: Gunmen open fire at Parliament Hill

A police officer secures the scene of a shooting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday Oct.22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa was shot and killed on Wednesday.

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, from Hamilton’s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, died after a gunman, identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, opened fire.

Heavily armed tactical officers descended on the area.  Below are a series of photos depicting the chaotic and frightening situation.

A heavily armed RCMP officer takes position at the gate of 24 Sussex Dr., the official residence of the Prime Minister, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A heavily armed RCMP officer takes position at the gate of 24 Sussex Dr., the official residence of the Prime Minister, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Police cordon off a street leading to Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday Oct.22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Police cordon off a street leading to Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday Oct.22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
An RCMP intervention team run next to a Parliament building in Ottawa Wednesday Oct.22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
An RCMP intervention team run next to a Parliament building in Ottawa Wednesday Oct.22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A soldier, police and paramedics tend to a soldier shot at the National Memorial near Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday Oct.22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A soldier, police and paramedics tend to a soldier shot at the National Memorial near Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday Oct.22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A police officer secures the scene of a shooting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday Oct.22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A police officer secures the scene of a shooting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday Oct.22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld