This morning Sault Ste. Marie MP Bryan Hayes is still trying to re-play the events of yesterday’s attack on Parliament Hill in his mind and grateful that it wasn’t worse.
In a phone interview this morning with Saultonline.com, Hayes said they were in Caucus when he heard the first two shots.
“I didn’t know what it was, but then right after we heard a barrage of gun fire”
At that point Hayes said he knew something terrible was happening.
“We didn’t know exactly the details but everyone was pretty shaken up,” Hayes said it was about an hour later that they were informed of what happened.
“RCMP knocked at our door and we weren’t sure to let them in, we wanted to make sure they were our guys” Hayes said members were armed with flag poles and anything else they could use to defend themselves. “I really thought we were going to die, something like this really makes you think about your own mortality”
“We were all very frightened, we all ran for cover” Hayes was in lockdown on Parliament Hill for 7 hours. “We understood the lockdown, they were not sure if there was a second gunman ”
“I have to commend some of our members, who are ex-police and RCMP and they took charge in the room”
The lockdown was ended around 7pm.
“I want to thank the people of Sault Ste. Marie for the well wishes and concern” Hayes said.
The Sault Ste. Marie MP said he doesn’t know what the next steps are in Ottawa. “I think you’re going to see a lot more security here, but ultimately it’s up to the Minister of Safety”
“I send my condolences to the family of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo”, Cirillo was gunned down at the National War Memorial just minutes before the attack on Parliament.