Ottawa police offer shooting updates via Twitter

The social media platform has become something of an information clearinghouse after a member of the Canadian Forces was killed in that nation’s capital.

A Wednesday morning shooting at Ottawa’s National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill led to the death of a Canadian Forces member and one shooter.

As is often the case when violence strikes in a major metropolitan area, some confusion took hold in the hours after the shooting. For example, initial reports stated that shots were also fired at Rideau Centre. They weren’t. The Ottawa police tweeted to clear things up:

The police department has been tweeting regularly about the shooting since around 11 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, confirming the death of the soldier:

Explaining why he hadn’t yet been identified:

And confirming that one suspect died:

The department has also been retweeting messages from other organizations, such as Ottawa Public Health, which posted its hotline for people distressed by the day’s events.

One tweet also directed followers to the department’s press release about the incident, which includes tip line numbers and instructions for people who work downtown.

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