Question period postponed after man shoots himself on steps of Alberta Legislature

An adjournment was called during question period Monday after a man shot himself outside the Alberta Legislature at around 3 p.m.

A witness told Global News a man shot himself with a handgun on the front steps.

Police officers were seen performing CPR on a body on the steps. Police taped off the area.

MLA Dan Williams was speaking in favour of his private member’s bill when discussion was halted and an adjournment was called due to a health and safety concern.

The house was adjourned until 7:30 p.m.

Edmonton police confirmed the incident is non-criminal.

In a news release, the office of the speaker of the legislature said there was “a security incident shortly after 3 p.m… involving a firearm” on the front steps.

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Staff said there is no danger to anyone else on scene and “the matter has been contained by security and the Edmonton Police Service.”

Alberta Sheriffs are helping hold the scene, the 4:30 p.m. news release explained.

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In a message on Twitter, Premier Jason Kenney said he was “saddened by the tragic event that occurred outside the legislature.

“Our hearts go out to the victim’s family and loved ones,” he tweeted. “If you need help, or know someone who does, please call Alberta’s Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642.”

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.

If you are in need of support, you can call the Health Link at 811 or the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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