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Ottawa police say male suspect in attack and soldier are dead

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OTTAWA, Oct 22 (Reuters) - At least one gunman entered Canada's parliament buildings on Wednesday and many shots were fired just outside the room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was addressing a meeting of legislators.

Harper was safely removed from the building but parliament was locked down. Eyewitnesses said at least 30 shots were fired in dramatic scenes in the heart of the Canadian capital.

"PM (Harper) was addressing caucus, then a huge boom, followed by rat-a-tat shots. We all scattered. It was clearly right outside our caucus door," Treasury Board Minister Tony Clement said.

A spokesman for Harper said: "While the prime minister stated that facts are still being gathered, he condemned this despicable attack."

The suspected gunman was shot dead inside the parliament building, Ottawa police said.

Minutes before the shooting there, a soldier had been shot and fatally wounded at the nearby National War Memorial in Ottawa.

But the incidents, shocking in Canada's normally tranquil capital, were not over.

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