Photo: The Canadian PressPolice remove a truck with Manitoba license plates from the front of a house on Parklane Avenue in Oshawa, Ontario. Friday, September 4, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS / Frank Gunn
Oshawa, Ont., Police have identified four people killed in a mass shooting early Friday morning as a father and three of his children, as they continue to search for a motive behind the carnage that took place in a family house.
Durham Regional Police said the deceased were Chris Traynor, 50, and his children, Bradley Traynor, 20, Adelaide Traynor, 15 and Joseph Traynor, 11.
A 50-year-old woman who was injured in the shooting is also linked to the family and continues to recover in hospital.
Police identified the shooter as Mitchell Lapa, 48, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and said he was an “uninvited person”.
Police have not yet clarified Lapa’s relationship with his victims, and the homicide unit is still investigating the motive for the shooting.
“Investigators also want to speak to anyone who knew the sole attacker, Mitchell Lapa, as they seek to understand the motivation and reasons for this attack,” Durham Police said in a statement.
“If anyone has details or general information about them, they are asked to contact their local police department or one of our lead investigators. ”
Condolences for the Traynor family poured into social media throughout the weekend, with many describing the family as generous, caring and deeply involved in the local sports community.
“The Traynor family were beloved and active members of the Oshawa community,” reads a GoFundMe page set up to support the surviving family members, which had raised more than $ 85,000 by Sunday night.
“Their acts of kindness, love and generosity are second to none. The impact of family on everyone they touched will be forever remembered. ”
The Durham Catholic District School Board Director of Education offered support to students and families who knew the Traynors.
“Words cannot adequately express our deep shock and sadness at this terrible event,” Tracy Barill said in a statement.
“As a faith-steeped Catholic community, we continue to pray for family members and those most directly affected by this heartbreaking news. ”
Ken Babcock, President of Baseball Oshawa, said Chris Traynor had coached the program for many years, while Joseph Traynor was a member of the Legionaries Rep team.
“Words cannot describe the shocking and senseless tragedy that has befallen our wonderful community in Oshawa and impacted our collective baseball family,” Babcock said in a statement.
Neighbors had described the Traynor family as caring deeply for each other and said they were often seen spending time playing games and doing chores together in the yard.
The city of Oshawa announced that the flags will be lowered at half mast at City Hall and other facilities.
“Our hearts and prayers are with families and friends during this difficult time,” Mayor Dan Carter said in a statement, while thanking police and first responders.