An active shooting situation took place in downtown Ottawa this morning. The Ottawa Police Service has warned people to stay away from the area and are actively looking for the shooter. Injuries were initially reported and there has been one confirmed death. 

In a tweet sent out at 7:37 a.m., the Ottawa Police wrote that there was a "Police operation in the 400 block of Gilmore Street." They also warned people to avoid the area.

Shortly after, a second tweet was sent out to clarify exactly what the operation was. "Police are responding to a shooting in the 400 block of Gilmour Street. Many injuries reported. A coordinated response is underway. Please avoid the area. Updates to follow," the tweet read.

Twitter user @MsCommuniKate replied to the Ottawa Police tweet with a photo of police vehicles on a residential street, writing "Can residents on the block leave our homes?" The Ottawa Police responded, saying "Follow the instructions of officers on scene."

In addition to the tweets from the Ottawa Police, the Parliament of Canada Protective Service also sent out a message to federal employees warning them about the situation. The neighbourhood where the shooting took place is about one kilometre from Parliament Hill.

"Be advised: Active shooter near Gilmore ST and Kent ST. Be vigilant. Shooter is still at large," the message read. It did, however, also indicate that no action needed to be taken by federal employees other than avoiding the area.

In a news release, Ottawa Police confirmed that three people were being treated for serious injuries. They also confirmed that one person had died during the shooting.

It has since been reported that one of the victims was a 15-year-old. However, he is in stable condition at the local children's hospital. Police say they believe this was a targetted incident.*

While the situation is no longer considered active, the suspect still has not been apprehended.

Ottawa already experienced two shootings earlier in the month. Both of them took place on New Year's Day.


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*This story has been updated. 

**Cover photo for illustrative purposes. 

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