BREAKING NEWS: Canada’s Domestic Terror Threat, Soldier Shot In Ottawa, Reports Gunfire Inside Parliament

Authorities are urging people to stay away from the area due to the ongoing search operation.

Several gun shots have been fired outside and inside the Canada’s parliament in Ottawa.

A SOLDIER HAS been  reportedly shot at the National War Memorial in Canada, directly outside the country’s national parliament.

The gunman reportedly ran toward the parliament immediately after the shooting, and is still on the loose.

According to media report, witnesses reported seeing a gunman firing at the Ottawa War Memorial and then running toward the parliament buildings, where more shots were heard.

BREAKING NEWS: Soldier Shot In Ottawa, Reports Gunfire Inside Parliament
© AP Royal Canadian Mounted Police responded within minutes

The incident came hours after Canada raised its terror attack level from low to medium. A soldier was killed in a hit-and-run earlier in the week.

Two Canadian MPs later said the gunman was killed, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was immediately rushed away from the building to an undisclosed location, officials in his office said.

Ottawa police revealed they had a call at 9:52 a.m. with a report of shots fired.

The gunman reportedly ran towards Parliament Hill, which is currently under lockdown and surrounded by security.

A witness reported that a man drove up in a black vehicle, got out carrying a rifle and ran into the Centre Block.

It remains unclear if police had found the suspect. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police sent out a tweet just before 11 a.m., about an hour after the first reports of gunfire, warning the public to stay off rooftops and away from windows.

Earlier this month, Canada made an official announcement to join the US-led campaign of air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq.