One dead, one injured in Lowertown shooting
OTTAWA -- Ottawa police are investigating the shooting death of an 18-year-old Ottawa man in Lowertown, the second homicide in the neighbourhood this summer.
Officers were called to Murray Street near Beausoleil Drive at around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday for reports of gunshots, police said in a news release.
Two men had been shot. Ottawa paramedics said Tuesday night that both victims were rushed to the trauma centre. Police said Wednesday morning that one of the victims died.
"This is very serious. It's a traumatic case and we look for the public to assist us in our gathering of the evidence, in order for us to locate the suspects," said Acting Supt. Carl Cartright.
Police identified the victim as Creflo Tansia, 18, of Ottawa.
This is the 14th homicide of 2021 in Ottawa. Last year, Ottawa police investigated eight homicides. There were 14 homicides in Ottawa in 2019.
Investigators are now looking for witnesses.
"Right now, based on the evidence that has been shared with me, I do not see a safety concern for the public," said Cartright.
This is the second fatal shooting in Lowertown in six weeks.
"We are scared now," said a resident.
"Before, nothing happened like this. I have been 20 years here, one person over there, and now one, one by one it happen."
On July 4, L. Ndongozi Nkuzimana, also known as Tyson Loris or Tyson Ndongozi, died after a shooting in the area of Jules Morin Park in Lowertown, near York Street and Beausoleil Drive.
A second man suffered gunshot wounds.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Homicide Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493.
Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.
A previous version of this article said this was the 13th homicide of 2021 in Ottawa. This is the 14th.