Yesterday morning, a shooter decided to open fire at the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, killing Nathan Cirillo, a 24 year old solider from Hamilton, Then, the shooter (well, this is the thought) jumped in a car, then ran up Parliament Hill to then shoot a rifle inside Centre Block – where our House of Commons and Senate is located. A video being played all over the media shows the shooter being shot down by Parliament Security/Police in Hall of Honour. Ottawa was then locked down.
I was no where near downtown yesterday, but I have been downtown several times. I have stood in the Hall of Honour several times with my students. I have run past all those locations in races. Last time I was at Parliament Hill, I was sitting in the grass watching my students play frisbee on the lawn – because that is what we do on nice days.
So – the only thing I am thinking about is Ottawa today