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Canada Alberta legislature adjourns after shooting on steps; police say 'non-criminal'

08:53  03 december  2019
08:53  03 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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EDMONTON -- Police are responding after a person fatally shot themselves on the steps of the Alberta legislature . Police tape cordoned off the front steps of the legislature after the shooting , which police deemed " non - criminal ." The legislative assembly was in session on Monday afternoon

The Legislative Assembly of Alberta adjourned on Monday afternoon after a “ non - criminal incident”. “I hate to interrupt, however there is an issue that is important to the assembly,” speaker Nathan Cooper said to the assembly. “I’d just like to take a five minute recess.

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EDMONTON — The Alberta legislature adjourned for a few hours Monday after a shooting on the front steps of the building.

Edmonton police said they were called to the building mid-afternoon and that what happened was "non-criminal."

Authorities blocked the entrances to the public square in front of the legislature while they investigated a body, which they covered with a pink blanket.

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A statement from the Alberta government said there was no danger to anyone else at the scene.

Police said the scene has been handed over to the Alberta sheriffs, who have jurisdiction over the legislature grounds.

Members of the legislature were debating a bill in the chamber when the Speaker interrupted so that they could be privately briefed on an "issue that is important to the assembly."

They were to reconvene Monday evening.

Premier Jason Kenney said in a statement on social media late Monday afternoon that he was saddened by the tragic event.

"Our hearts go out to the victim's family and loved ones," he wrote. "Thank you to our first responders."

Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley also expressed her concern.

"My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of the individual involved in today’s tragic incident," she said on social media.

Both she and Kenney said anyone who's suffering from mental illness or needs help should call the provincewide Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Dec. 2, 2019.

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