Sarah Cameron left a troubled relationship months before her ex-partner showed up at her parents' home in Almonte with a rifle Thursday morning, where he shot her and killed her father before turning the gun on himself, her lawyer told CBC News.

Her lawyer Carolyn Gerbac said that Cameron's mother and her two young children were in the house at the time of the shooting.

"This is a story of violence against women … This is a case of a man who could not let go of her," she said. "Thank God he didn't try and get the kids and her mother."

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Bernard Cameron, a second-term councillor in Mississippi Mills, Ont., was found dead in his home on Thursday morning. (Lois Siegel Productions)

Sarah's father, Bernard Cameron, a 65-year-old retired school teacher and councillor for Mississippi Mills, died at the scene.

The father of her children, 33-year-old Travis Porteous, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died.

Sarah Cameron is "recovering well" after surgery and will remain in hospital for "another week or so," Gerbac said.

"Sarah is our survivor. She was supposed to be killed," she said.

'Outraged and saddened'

Erin Lee, the executive director of Lanark County Interval House, an organization that provides support for those who face abuse in Eastern Ontario, said she is "outraged and saddened" about another shooting that targeted a woman in the area.

In September, three women were killed on the same day in a 25-kilometre radius of Wilno, Ont., west of Ottawa. Basil Borutski, a 57-year-old man with a history of violence against women, including two of the victims, was charged with three counts of murder.

Lee said she is "hopeful that we can heal from this and we take some action to make sure what happened yesterday doesn't happen and is not forgotten."

She added that women face added challenges in reporting violence when they live in small, rural communities, such as Almonte.

"Isolation is a reality. Whether it's isolation in terms of your actual location, your access to internet, your access to cellphone reception, the pressures from the community if there are generations of families," she said, adding that the "shame and stigma" of reporting violence can be more pronounced in small communities where everybody knows each other.​