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Man in critical condition after east-end shooting

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Ottawa paramedics say a man is in hospital after being shot Saturday night.

Emergency responders were called to the area of St. Joseph and Orléans boulevards at around 9 p.m. on reports of gunshots.

Paramedics said one man was shot and is in critical condition. No other details about the victim were released.

Ottawa police said on social media that witnesses reported seeing a vehicle speeding away from the scene.

There is no word on any arrests or suspects at this time.

Ottawa police say the guns and gangs unit is leading the investigation. 

Area councillor Matthew Luloff told CTV News Ottawa the incident is part of a broader problem.

"The disturbing increase in violent and property crime in our community is a major concern for all of us," Luloff said. "The east end is safe, family-oriented community and this kind of violence anywhere in our city is completely unacceptable. I would encourage anyone with information related to this or any other incident to please reach out to the Ottawa Police. I have every confidence that they are taking this matter very seriously and will bring those who seek to disturb the peace and put our families at risk to justice."

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