Gatineau gunman who shot 2 evades police barricades

An armed man thought to be barricaded inside an apartment building is actually loose after two men from Ottawa were shot early today, say police in Gatineau, Que.

Police thought man was barricaded inside Quebec apartment for several hours, now on the loose

Police still have no suspect after two people were shot early Thursday morning. 3:25

A man who is believed to have shot two men from Ottawa is actually on the loose, and not barricaded inside a Gatineau, Que., apartment as initially believed, police say.

Gatineau police said two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries after they were shot at about 1:38 a.m. ET Thursday. 

One man who was shot in the leg while inside a car was taken to hospital; the other received minor injuries, refused treatment and was brought to the police station for questioning.

Both of these Ottawa residents are in their 20s and were not co-operating very much with police, said Gatineau police spokesperson Sgt. J.P. Lemay.

He later confirmed that both are known to Ottawa police and have ties to street gangs.

Lemay said police surrounded an apartment building on Tassé Street where they thought a suspect had taken refuge after a foot chase. Police secured the area and delayed entering the building because they believed the suspect was armed.

Gatineau police officers search the scene of a shooting on Tassé Street Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. The suspect is still at large. (Marni Kagan/CBC)
The apparent standoff, which fell under the control of provincial police, closed roads in the area for many hours and forced nearby residents to remain inside their homes.

Also, police evacuated the building at 12 Tassé Street, forcing residents to sit for hours inside a city bus.

But after 10 a.m. ET Thursday, a police spokesman told the media they didn't find the man inside the building, meaning Gatineau police once again took control of the investigation.

"We want answers on what led us here and how come we didn't find anyone," Lemay said.

At 11:15 a.m., police said everyone could return to their homes except for those living at 8 and 12 Tassé Street because those buildings were considered crime scenes. Lemay said there are three other crime scenes as well.

Gatineau police are leading the investigation and don’t believe the suspect is a danger to the public. They have not released a name or description.

"We believe the gunshots were targeted and we're not (leaving) out the possibility this could be gang-related," Lemay said in a news conference.

Thursday was also scheduled to be the first day for high school students at nearby Philemon Wright High School.

Police said the school building would remain open because the scene was far enough from it, and there was a safe path to the school.

However, the Western Quebec School Board decided to cancel classes at Philemon Wright and Hadley Junior High School, which is attached, for the day.

Police said around 4:15 p.m. that officers would soon be leaving the area and people banned from returning to the last two buildings would gradually be allowed back.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gatineau police at 819-246-0222.

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