January 8, 2020 8h42
Updated at 14: 15
Shooting in downtown Ottawa: one dead and three injured [PHOTOS AND VIDEO]
One person is dead and three other young people, including a teenager of 15 years old, were seriously injured Wednesday in a shooting in a house in the centre of the city of Ottawa regularly rented on the platform Airbnb.
The Ottawa police was called at 7: 30 at 490, rue Gilmour, in the city centre. The death of a person was confirmed on the crime scene, while three other injured were transported in serious condition to the hospital.
Three neighbours, including Kacey Griffiths, have been witnesses to the massive arrival of police on the bloody scene.
“In just two minutes, a dozen police cars and three ambulances were there. The tactical squad is back, the police have surrounded the house, and nobody could move. I have seen them in my back yard, ” she said. They returned, weapons in hand, and came to the aid of victims inside.”
The people involved are of “very young people”, have confirmed the residents of the area.
The shooter was still at large Wednesday in the late morning. A wide security perimeter was established around the affected residence.
Several officers were dispatched to the scene Tuesday morning.
Patrick Woodbury, Right
No physical description was provided by the Ottawa police. They did a tour of the resident nearby, looking for evidence and clues.
In addition, another residence, on James street, which is parallel to Gilmour, was also encircled by a yellow police tape. This residence is located a few metres from the scene of the crime main.
Not the first time
“This is not the first time gunfire rang on the street Gilmour. On the 23rd of may last, several calls were made to 9-1-1 regarding shots fired in the neighborhood, around 5: 30. No suspect or victim had not been identified, but a car had been hit by bullets and cartridge cases were found nearby.
According to Mrs. Griffiths and another neighbor, who is identified with the name Mark, the house on the rue Gilmour was offered as a rental platform Airbnb.
“What makes me say this is that I always see different people spend there only a few days. They are not the owners, adds Mrs Griffiths. This time, the occupants were very young.”
“This is not the only rented house on the street Gilmour by the platform Airbnb,” said Mark, who wanted to conceal his family name.
Ottawa police confirmed early in the day, Wednesday, that the crime was “targeted”, and that it was not an “active shooter” opening fire on its passage.
The Unit of major crimes was still trying to get a detailed description of the suspect Wednesday afternoon.
“The investigators of the major crimes that have confirmed that no national security issue is not related to this incident,” said a spokesperson for the Ottawa police, François Daoust.
Earlier in the day, some users were worried that shots were fired near Parliament hill.
A wide security perimeter has been erected in the area.
Patrick Woodbury, Right
The deceased had still not been identified publicly, Wednesday noon, since the authorities had not informed all of his relatives.
Street Gilmour has been closed between the streets of Kent and Lyon for the purposes of the investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Unit, major crimes, making the 613-236-1222, ext 5493.