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British military officer in Ottawa for shooting contest wounded in drive-by

Military officer, second shooting victim were not intended targets: police

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A British military officer visiting Ottawa to participate in a military shooting competition was injured in a drive-by shooting at the Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre early Thursday morning, Military Police say.

Ottawa police were called to a parking lot off Roland Michener Drive, near the Crazy Horse bar, just after 2 a.m. Thursday.

A 28-year-old man suffered a serious gunshot wound in the leg, Ottawa police said. Paramedics took him to hospital, where he was listed in stable condition later Thursday morning.

A 22-year-old man also suffered a minor gunshot injury, Ottawa police said.

Both shooting victims were not the intended targets, Ottawa police said in a tweet Thursday afternoon. 

Shooting competition in Shirleys Bay

Sgt. Jeff Williams — part of the Ottawa unit of the Military Police, which enforces laws and regulations on Canadian Armed Forces establishments in Canada and abroad — said Thursday that Military Police are assisting the Ottawa police guns and gangs unit in the investigation.

The 28-year-old victim is a British military officer visiting Ottawa to participate in a military shooting competition at Connaught Ranges and Primary Training Centre in Shirleys Bay, not far from Kanata.

The Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration match started Sept. 4 and ends Saturday.

The victim was at the Crazy Horse bar before the shooting took place, Williams said, and was "caught in the crossfire."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa police guns and gangs unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5050. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).