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10/22/2014 04:36 pm ET Updated Oct 22, 2014

Obama: Canada Shooting 'Tragic'

President Barack Obama said the shootings that took place in Ottawa, Canada, on Wednesday were "tragic."

"We're all shaken by it," Obama told pool reporters in the Oval Office.

The WorldPost reported on the shootings:

Ottawa police confirmed shots were fired at two locations in close proximity to one another: the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill. A Canadian soldier was shot and killed in the attacks. The name of the victim has not yet been released.

At a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Canadian officials said one male gunman was killed. U.S. officials told CBS News the slain suspect was a Canadian born in 1982 called Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.

Canadian officials would not confirm or deny reports of multiple suspects. However, a spokesperson for Ottawa's police told The Huffington Post they were looking for at least one other suspect.

Obama spoke on the shooting after meeting with Ebola czar Ron Klain. The president said he'd spoken with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper by phone earlier in the day.

"We don't yet have all of the information about what motivated the shooting. We don't yet have all of the information about whether this is part of a broader network or plan, or whether this was an individual or series of individuals who decided to take these actions," Obama said.

This post has been updated with more quotes from Obama.

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