Vancouver reacts to Ottawa shootings, local security increased

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In the wake of the shootings in Ottawa Wednesday morning, Vancouver’s politicians are making public statements in response, and there are increased safety measures already in place in high-profile places locally.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has tweeted about the ongoing incident:

 

At least one of the shooters appears to have been targeting the MP caucus rooms at the Parliament. Peter Julian, the New Democrat MP for Burnaby-New Westminster, told CTV Vancouver what he experienced during his party’s caucus meeting this morning:

“The shooter was obviously 20 feet away, and a security guard came in and helped us secure the doors and basically told us to take cover,” he said. “We spent some anxious moments because the shooting was still going on outside the caucus room.”

 

Joyce Murray, the Liberal MP from Vancouver Quadra, was among those inside the caucus room and posted a Tweet:


 

Don Davies, the NDP MP from Vancouver Kingsway was also present:

 

 

Wai Young is the Conservative MP from Vancouver South:

 

B.C.’s Nina Grewal, the Conservative MP from Fleetwood-Port Kells, Tweeted a powerful image showing chairs piled up at the doors from inside the caucus room:

 

Vancouver International Airport has already stepped up safety measures at the facility:

 

A similar stance has been proclaimed by B.C.’s Transit Police:

 

Provincially, the B.C. Legislature has been closed to the public today, and the flag there has been lowered to half-mast in honour of the Canadian soldier who was fatally shot by one of the gunmen.

 

BC Premier Christy Clark Tweeted earlier this morning about the terrible events in Ottawa:

 

Victoria’s John Vickers spoke to CKNW’s Shane Woodford about his brother, Kevin Vickers, who is the Sargeant-at-Arms who reportedly shot and killed one of the gunmen at the Parliament.

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