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News of the shooting at Parliament Hill reverberated from coast to coast and around the globe.

Almost instantly, heavily-armed police officers flooded the streets of Ottawa. Families took to social media to check on their loved ones. Buildings initiated lockdown procedures, chairs were piled in front of doors in Parliament, and the prime minister was rushed to an undisclosed location for safety.

Canadians were bewildered by what they were seeing: a shootout in their very own capital. For a few moments, our country was almost unrecognizable to us.

Here are images of the chaos that unfolded earlier today: