An alleged shooter of four in Oshawa, Ont. Identified as a relative from Winnipeg who entered his home uninvited


Police have identified a man who they said shot dead four people in a house east of Toronto early Friday morning. All four were found dead, along with the gunman who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Durham Regional Police.Mitchell Lapa, 48, of Winnipeg, is a relative of the family and has not been invited into the house, police say.

Police allege he was the only shooter, and the homicide unit is currently investigating his motive for carrying out the attack, they said in a press release Friday night.

The identities of the four people killed will be disclosed following an autopsy and after the next of kin are informed, police said.

But family, friends and neighbors told CBC News the occupants of the house are Chris and Loretta Traynor, along with their four children: Sam, Brad, Adelaide and Joseph.

The alleged shooter is said to be Loretta Traynor’s brother, according to an online obituary published in 2019 for their father.

Const. George Tudos, spokesperson for the Durham Regional Police Department, said several callers said they heard gunshots inside the Oshawa, Ont. Residence near the corner of Harmony Road and Parklane Avenue, around 1:20 am.

Police said four men and a woman were among the dead and at least two of them were minors. Tudos said police are awaiting confirmation of his age from the coroner.

Injured woman taken to hospital

Officers also found a 50-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her leg, and she was taken to a local hospital for treatment. His injuries are considered serious but are not life threatening, Tudos said.

Durham Police announced the discovery of an ‘unknown device’ at the home shortly after 3 p.m. Friday and said they would secure the area to investigate.

Police are not looking for any other suspects and there is no ongoing threat to the safety of the community, Tudos said.

WATCH | Linda Ward of the CBC reports from outside the Oshawa home:

Linda Ward, of the CBC, reports from outside a house in Oshawa, Ont., Where five people died after gunfire overnight. 2:40

Neighbors describe hearing several shots

Michele Heroux, a neighbor neighbor who has lived in the area for almost 30 years, said she heard up to 10 gunshots and screams coming from the house.

Carol Gibson, who lives down the street from the crime scene, said she was awakened by the shooting.

“The first shot woke me up, then I heard about four or five more after that,” Gibson said in an interview. “Then a woman screamed, and there were two gunshots after that. ”

Gibson said she has known the family in the house for about 20 years.

“They were a family that cared for each other a lot,” she said. “If they weren’t playing baseball, hockey or hoop shooting in the alley, they were raking leaves and they were doing it as a family. A very caring family.

A white van with Manitoba license plates is still parked outside the residence, and Tudos said it was part of the investigation.

“I know this vehicle is part of the crime scene, and it is currently being examined by our forensic officers,” he said. “It will be towed, and we’ll probably have a search warrant to look inside.” ”

Heroux said she had never seen the truck before.

Police said they were not looking for other suspects in the shooting. (Jeremy Cohn / CBC)

The mayor describes the shooting as “tragic”

The flags of Oshawa City Hall and other city facilities were half-masted in memory of the victims of Friday’s shooting, the city said in a press release.

He also thanked the first responders for their “continued efforts” to keep Oshawa safe.

The flags will remain lowered until further notice.


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