Man dies in south Ottawa shooting

Man dies in south Ottawa shooting

Ottawa police are investigating a shooting in Greenboro Wednesday afternoon that left one man in his 20s dead.

Multiple reports of shots fired near the intersection of Blohm Drive and Woodbury Crescent came into 911 at around 2:45 p.m., police said. 

Paramedics tried to resuscitate the victim en route to Ottawa Hospital's trauma centre, but he succumbed to the gunshot wounds and was later pronounced dead. 

The victim's name has not been released.

While no one is in custody, police believe the shooting was "targeted" and there is no threat to public safety.

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"There's a lot of officers [involved] and they're speaking with witnesses. There's just a lot of steps to be taken. It's the early, early stages of the investigation right now," Const. Amy Gagnon said. 

Police closed roads near the shooting so the Ottawa police major crimes unit can gather evidence. 

Resident calls for more police

Blair Mackinnon, a resident who lives near the shooting, said he took comfort in hearing the police do not believe there is an ongoing threat but still believes more needs to be done to address violence in his neighbourhood.

"I think south Ottawa does require a little bit more police presence," he said. "There have been a lot of occurrences like this in this area."

Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans, who is currently on leave while she is being treated for cancer, said her office has been in touch with the Ottawa Police Service about the shooting.

"We have been assured that this was a targeted incident and that there is no immediate threat to the community," Deans wrote to CBC News on Wednesday.

"Nonetheless, we cannot minimize gun violence in our city and we will continue to work with [the Ottawa Police Service] and our community partners to reduce these occurrences through our guns and gangs strategy."

Deans called the shooting "alarming and tragic."

Nearby Robert Bateman Public School delayed its normal 3 p.m. dismissal because of the police response, according to the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

Students who travel by bus were sent home at 3:50 p.m. and those who normally walked waited inside until parents could come get them. 

Police said anyone with information can call the major crimes unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5477, or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477.