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An ex-Mountie and the current Sergeant at Arms of the Candian parliament has been praised as a hero after he shot dead terrorist Michael Zehaf Bibeau.
Kevin Vickers has been cited as saving many people’s lives for killing the attacker in the country’s parliament in Ottawa.
MP Craig Scott wrote on Twitter: ‘MPs and Hill staff owe their safety, even lives, to sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers who shot attacker just outside the MPs’ caucus rooms.’
As Sergeant at Arms it is his jobs to keep MPs safe, and he did that to the letter yesterday.
Just minutes earlier, Zehaf Bibeau shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the Canadian War Memorial just a short distance from parliament.
He then went into parliament where dramatic video footage reveals gunshots were fired repeatedly in the building.
Cabinet minister Tony Clement tweeted that at least 30 shots were fired while a meeting was taking place between prime minister Stephen Harper and other MPs.
‘I feared this day would come, and my prayers are with the fallen soldier,’ he added.
A spokesman for Mr Harper later confirmed he was safe and had left the area.
Video filmed from inside the parliament building shows officers rushing down a large marble hallway with weapons drawn in front of them, before the sound of gunfire and shouting rings out.
The footage becomes shaky as the cameraman, believed to be a local reporter, rushes for cover behind a pillar.
People inside the parliament building scrambled down scaffolding to escape, witnesses said.
A photograph of chairs piled up against a door as a barricade was being heavily circulated on
Twitter, apparently taken inside the meeting room in the parliament building where MPs earlier held their talks.
Ottawa mayor Jim Watson said he was ‘shocked and saddened’ by the events.