Two teenagers among five found dead after shooting inside Oshawa residence: Durham Regional Police

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The only suspect in an Oshawa home shooting early Friday that killed a father, two of his sons and daughter and seriously injured a mother is a relative of the victims, police said.

Officers were called to a house on Parklane Avenue near Harmony Road North and King Street East at around 1:20 a.m. after receiving “numerous calls” for a shooting, Durham Regional Police Constable. George Tudos told reporters Friday morning.

“It was a pretty chaotic scene. Even for locals. Many callers called to say that they heard a lot of gunshots, a lot of screams coming from this residence, ”he said.

“Lots of people heard the gunshots and called 911 immediately, so we were there within minutes. ”

He said officers from all divisions rushed to the area, including members of the tactical support unit.

“When they arrived at the scene, they also heard what they believed to be gunshots from a residence. They were eventually able to enter one of the residences here on Parklane, where they made a grisly discovery. ”

Police confirmed that three men and a woman were shot dead inside the house and that another woman was taken to a local hospital with serious but non-fatal gunshot wounds.

The surviving victim is expected to make a full recovery, Tudos said.

CTV News has learned that the victims are a father and three of his children, and that the 50-year-old woman in the hospital is the mother of the children. The husband and wife were both teachers.

The couple’s lone surviving child was absent from school at the time of the shooting, CTV News has also learned.

The ages of the victims were not released but police confirmed earlier Friday that two of the children were under 18.

The body of a fifth person, believed to be the gunman by police, has been found inside the house and investigators say he suffered what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police confirmed on Friday evening that the suspected gunman, identified as Mitchell Lapa, 48, of Dalhousie Drive in Winnipeg, was linked to the victims.

In a press release, police said Lapa was an “uninvited person” at the house. The homicide unit is still investigating the motive for the shooting.

Tudos said it appears the weapon used in the deadly attack was a long gun.

Police are also investigating whether an unknown white Ford pickup truck with Manitoba plates and found parked on the street overnight was related to the case.

“This vehicle which was located in front of the residence. It was parked the wrong way around facing oncoming traffic, ”Tudos said.

“This vehicle was seized by our forensic officers, so we’re going to examine this vehicle and try to relate it to this crime scene, trying to see whether or not it’s the suspect’s vehicle. ”

Police later confirmed that the vehicle was registered in Lapa.

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Police will also review neighborhood security video in an attempt to reconstruct the sequence of events.

“We’re going to look at the CCTV just to confirm when it happened, how long it took place,” Tudos said.

He said officers and paramedics who responded to the incident as well as community members are “shaken” by the devastating incident that took place in the quiet neighborhood just hours ago.

“I don’t think we came to this area for major incidents,” Tudos said.

“We have a crisis team that has arrived and they are going to speak with the officers involved and with anyone who might need support during this difficult time. ”

Shortly before 3:30 p.m., police said they had found a suspicious object inside the residence. As a precaution, the police cleared the scene, a demining unit being called to investigate.

“We want to make sure safety comes first,” Tudos said.

At around 5 p.m., police said the article did not pose a security threat.

Couples who live at home are teachers, neighbors say

Neighbors told CP24 that a couple and their four children had lived for many years in the residence where the shooting took place.

“This family has lived here as long as I have lived here, 27, and they were very calm,” said George Oudyk on Friday morning.

A neighbor described the couple, who are said to work as teachers in the area, as “super nice people” who were “very involved in the community”.

“They were very happy, outgoing, very family oriented people,” he said.

Oudyk called the area where the gunfire erupted early this morning “just the nicest place to live”.

“It’s a quiet neighborhood. Everyone gets along. There is a park here at the end of the street and everyone walks their dog, eats there, ”he added. “It’s truly sad.”

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