A man who says he was shot at in the Vanier area on Saturday night is speaking out about what happened hoping more is done to stop gun violence in Ottawa.

Ottawa Police confirm a shooting took place Saturday night near Montreal Rd. and Altha Avenue and are investigating.

Roger Madore says two men were trespassing outside of his apartment building on Altha Avenue around 8:30p.m. He says people constantly hang around the building’s parking lot since a marijuana shop opened up nearby a few months ago.

Madore shouted at the men from his apartment window to leave the area and phoned police. He then confronted the men outside and followed them as they walked off the property to make sure they were leaving.

After about one block Madore says one of men turned around and pulled out a knife telling him to stop following them. Madore says then the second person drew a gun and shot at him several times.

“As soon as I got around there, he stepped out on the road, aiming, and I heard pop,pop,pop, it sounded like four and then I heard whoosh and I thought oh wow this is serious.”

Madore says he heard bullets fly by his head but was not injured. Both men ran off after the incident.

Police had one person in custody, but say the individual has since been released. They are still looking for one suspect described as a black male, approximately 6'1”, who was wearing white hoodie, white pants and had a white medical mask at the time of the shooting.

The investigation is ongoing.

Police are reminding the public to never take matters into their own hands, and to phone police for suspicious activity. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222 ext. 5166