UPDATE 3:15 p.m. ET: From the White House:
President Obama spoke by phone with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to express the American people’s solidarity with Canada in the wake of attacks on Canadian Forces in Quebec on October 20 and in Ottawa on October 22. President Obama condemned these outrageous attacks, and reaffirmed the close friendship and alliance between our people. The President offered any assistance Canada needed in responding to these attacks. Prime Minister Harper thanked the President and the two leaders discussed the assault and agreed to continue coordination between our governments moving forward.
UPDATE 2:22 p.m. ET: Authorities are instructing the public to stay away from the Parliament Hill area and to remain inside amid the continuing investigation and search for a possible second suspect.
UPDATE 2:02 p.m. ET: Canadian police say the soldier and a suspected gunman both have died.
Police say they believe there is more than one shooter, according to the Associated Press.
Police in Canada say a gunman shot and killed a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa and that gunfire occurred in and near the Canadian Parliament building. One gunman is dead.
A shots-fired report at the memorial came in at 9:52 a.m. local time, according to the Toronto Star. The gunman then reportedly ran toward Parliament Hill.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper left the area and is safe, according to the Associated Press.
Dramatic video captured the scene as shots rang out inside Parliament.
Police have warned people in Ottawa to stay away from windows and roofs. Initial reports that gunfire also broke out at a nearby shopping mall were incorrect.
Shots fired during caucus meeting. at least 30 shots. MPs piled out. I'm safe with 2 colleagues but we're still at risk...— Tony Clement (@TonyclementCPC)October 22, 2014
I'm with colleages Mark Strahl and Kyle Seeback. PM was in Caucus but now secure. Assuming it's not safe to venture out yet...— Tony Clement (@TonyclementCPC) October 22, 2014
A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team walks past a gate on Parliament hill in Ottawa Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial has been shot by an unknown gunman and there have been reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. Emergency responders are still on the scene as paramedics performed CPR on the soldier before he was taken away by ambulance. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)
Liberal Mp John McKay: "the guy was walking down the Hall of Honour with a rifle." McKay says he heard about 10 shots. #cdnpoli— Tim Harper (@nutgraf1) October 22, 2014
I'm trying not to tweet any photos of where police are setting up. But tactical squads are here, and they're carrying big rifles.— Alex Boutilier (@alexboutilier) October 22, 2014
Police moving media back to Chateau Laurier telling then there is an active shooter in range.— Tim Harper (@nutgraf1) October 22, 2014
The situation unfolded two days after Canadian police shot and killed a man they said was influenced by radical Islam and who struck two members of the Canadian military with his car.