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Two men died and another was taken to hospital with injuries after being shot on Alta Vista Drive on Friday evening.
The shooting took place around 6:30 p.m. in a mall parking lot at the intersection of Alta Vista and Dale Avenue.
Neighbors said they heard “several gunshots”, up to a dozen.
The scene was then sealed off with police tape and at 8:30 p.m. a body remained flared in the parking lot under a yellow tarp with the man’s left arm exposed.
Neighbors suggested the shooting happened after a vehicle crossed the Tim Hortons drive-thru lane in the parking lot.
It emerged that a white Range Rover and a gray Toyota were involved in the incident.
The mall is in a residential area. It includes a Shoppers Drug Mart, a nail spa, a shawarma store and the Tim Hortons.
The two deaths confirmed on Friday represented the fifth and sixth homicides of the year in Ottawa.
« There is a strong police presence in the area as the investigation continues, ”the Ottawa Police Service posted on Twitter. “Police are looking for suspects in the shooting.”
Anyone with information on the incident has been asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Homicide Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5491.