Homicide detectives are investigating the city’s 14th homicide of the year after an 18-year-old man was shot dead outside 380 Murray Street, an Ottawa Community Housing building, on Tuesday night. Police and paramedics responded to the double shooting at around 8:20 p.m. Neighbors surrounded a man who had been shot and who was lying on a paved path in front of nearby townhouses, according to video of the scene being viewed by CBC. CBC is not releasing the video due to its sensitive nature.
Paramedics said they found a seriously injured man, while another man was seriously injured. One was loaded onto a stretcher. The first man died of his injuries at The Ottawa Hospital early Wednesday morning. Police have yet to release his identity.
The second man, whose injuries are not considered life threatening, is the same 18-year-old who was gunned down just five weeks ago, sources say. The shooting claimed the life of 20-year-old Loris Tyson Ndongozi, a popular aspiring football star, who was not the target of the shooting.
It is the second man, whom CBC does not name, who was targeted in this shooting. Police believe the motive for the shooting was money debt. A Canada-wide warrant has been issued against a suspect in this case.
Residents shaken by repeated gunfire
Stéphanie, a resident of Lower Town, who gave only her first name, lives near the scene of Tuesday’s homicide and heard gunshots. She said she feared for her own child.
“I heard the two shots,” she said. “I walked out of the backyard thinking maybe it was my daughter… When I got there it was a young black man on the ground who had been shot, and it was really sad. .
“The only thing I’m afraid of is if my kids are playing outside and someone comes and my child gets shot by accident, or someone else’s young child?” ”
Donald Bedard wants something done against violence in the neighborhood.
“After 30 years of being here, it’s like a routine,” said Bédard.
“Just a month ago there was a shooting in the back… then a few months before that there was a shooting right in front of here. Then there was stabbing and everything. “
Lower Town resident Lisa, who also did not give a last name, said she saw police at the scene after hearing gunshots.
“It’s starting to be scary in this neighborhood,” she said. “Something has to be done with gun violence. ”
Acting Superintendent Carl Cartright said CBC police would increase their presence in the neighborhood after the homicide. However, Cartright said police don’t believe Tuesday night’s gunfire is a continuing safety issue for the neighborhood.
Police were on site Wednesday loading a white sedan parked in the area onto a tow truck. No suspect is in custody.
This is the city’s 14th homicide in 2021.
Ottawa Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Homicide Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5493.