17-year-old arrested in connection with Lowertown homicide

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Police have issued an arrest warrant for a 17 year-old youth in connection with a fatal shooting on Murray Street just east of Ottawa's downtown core on Aug. 10, 2021. (Supplied - image credit)
Police have issued an arrest warrant for a 17 year-old youth in connection with a fatal shooting on Murray Street just east of Ottawa's downtown core on Aug. 10, 2021. (Supplied - image credit)

Ottawa police have arrested a 17-year-old boy accused of murder in a fatal shooting in Lowertown earlier this month, after he turned himself in to police Tuesday afternoon.

Creflo Tansia, 18, was killed in front of an Ottawa Community Housing building at 380 Murray St. on Aug. 11. An 18-year-old man who was also shot suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

On Saturday, Ottawa police homicide detectives obtained a Canada-wide warrant arrest warrant for the teen.

The accused's identity was initially released because police obtained a judicial order permitting publication of his name and photo since he was wanted for an indictable offence. That order expired when he was arrested.

As an alleged young offender, his identity is shielded by a publication ban.

Investigators believe the accused didn't act alone and continue to ask the public for help identifying other suspects, police said Saturday.

Sources told CBC earlier this month the 18-year-old who survived the double shooting that killed Tansia had also survived another fatal shooting that took place just blocks away five weeks earlier. That shooting claimed the life of 20-year-old Loris Tyson Ndongozi, a much-loved aspiring football star, who was not the target.

It was the second man, whom CBC is not naming, who was targeted in that shooting. Police believe the motive in that shooting was a debt of money owed. A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for a suspect in that case.

Ottawa police ask anyone with information about Tansia's shooting to contact the homicide unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5493.

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