Downtown Ottawa Shootout: One Dead and Three Wounded
One person died and three other youths, including a 15-year-old boy, were seriously injured on Wednesday in a shootout in a house in downtown Ottawa that is regularly rented on the Airbnb platform.
The Ottawa police were called at 7:30 am at 490 Gilmour Street, downtown. The death of one person was confirmed at the crime scene, while three others were transported to the hospital in serious condition.
Three neighbors, including Kacey Griffiths, witnessed the massive arrival of the police on the bloody scene.
“In just two minutes, a dozen police vehicles and three ambulances were there. The tactical squad returned, the police surrounded the house, and no one could move around. I saw them in my backyard, she says. They came back, weapons in hand, and came to the aid of the victims inside. ”
Those involved are “very young people,” confirmed residents of the area.
The shooter was still at sea, late Wednesday afternoon. A large security perimeter has been erected around the affected residence.
Le service de police répond présentement à une fusillade dans le pâté de maisons des 400 de la rue Gilmour. Plusieurs blessés ont été reportés. Une réponse coordonnée est en cour. Veuillez éviter le secteur. Des informations supplémentaires suivrons. https://twitter.com/OttawaPolice/status/1214892583798874114 …
ding to a shooting in the 400 block of Gilmour Street. Many injuries reported. A coordinated response is underway. Please avoid the area. Updates to follow. #ottnews https://twitter.com/OttawaPolice/status/1214888910758842369 …
No physical description was provided by the Ottawa police. They toured neighboring residents, looking for testimonies and clues.
Another residence on James Street, parallel to Gilmour, was also surrounded by a yellow police tape. This residence is located a few meters from the main crime scene.
Juste avant 7:30, nous avons répondu avec @ottawapolice sur Gilmour. 3 patients transportés par paramédics avec blessures par balles. Conditions sérieuses. Veuillez contacter @ottawapolice pour autres informations. #IciOttGat
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Not the first time
“It is not the first time that gunshots have been fired on Gilmour Street. On May 23, several calls were made to 9-1-1 regarding shots fired in the neighborhood, around 5:30 am. No suspect or victim was identified at the time, but a car was hit by bullets and sockets were found nearby.
According to Mrs. Griffiths and another neighbor, who identified himself under the first name of Mark, the house on Gilmour Street was available for rental on the Airbnb platform.
“What makes me say this is that I always see different people spending only a few days there. They’re not the owners, adds Griffiths. This time, the occupants were very young. ”
“It is not the only house rented on Gilmour Street by the Airbnb platform,” said Mark, who wanted to keep his last name quiet.
Ottawa police confirmed early today that the crime was “targeted” and that it was not an “active shooter” opening fire on its path.
The Major Crimes Unit was still trying to get a detailed description of the suspect on Wednesday noon.
“Major crimes investigators have confirmed that there are no national security issues related to this incident,” said Ottawa police spokesperson François Daoust.
Earlier today, some Internet users were concerned that gunshots would be fired near Parliament Hill.
The deceased had still not been identified publicly, noon Wednesday, since the authorities had not informed all his relatives.
Gilmour Street was closed between Kent and Lyon streets for the purposes of the investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact the Major Crimes Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493.