(The Canadian Press)

(The Canadian Press)

Alberta legislature adjourns after shooting on steps; police say ‘non-criminal’

Authorities blocked entrances to square in front of legislature while they investigated body

The Alberta legislature adjourned Monday after a shooting on the front steps of the building.

Edmonton police say 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.

A statement from the Alberta government says there is no danger to anyone else on scene.

Police say 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 adjourned until later that evening.

The Canadian Press