One man was shot in the leg when multiple rounds were fired into a townhome as he, his partner and their two children slept early Friday morning in east Ottawa.

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A man was shot in the leg by one of the rounds as he, his partner and their two children slept, police say. (Andrew Foote/CBC)

Ottawa police received reports of shots fired at 2676 Innes Rd., near Bearbrook Road, at about 12:10 a.m. Friday.

The man was struck as he slept in one of the townhouse units at 2676 Innes Rd., and was taken to hospital. A woman and their two children, also inside the home, were not injured, police said.

Multiple shell casings were recovered from outside the home, police said. No arrests had been made later Friday morning and no suspect descriptions were available.

The man has since been released from hospital.

'There's no peace'

"It makes you not want to sleep ... There's no peace. There's this feeling ... you're living in such a place, in such an area where you're not secured. Anything could happen any time," said J.P. Elihu, who lived in the same residential complex with his cousin until he moved out about a month ago.

Elihu raced to the scene from work Friday after hearing about the shooting to make sure his cousin was OK.

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Levy Kasende, 22, was shot to death outside his ex-girlfriend's house at 2676 Innes Rd. on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012.

"We feel like we're not secure. Whatever you do, you're not secure. There's no security in the area," he told reporters.

In August 2012, Levy Kasende was shot to death outside of another townhouse at 2676 Innes Rd. Michael Belleus was later charged with first-degree murder and the matter is still working its way through court.

Elihu said he knew Kasende.

"Last time they shot a guy that I knew, personally. It happened right here, in front, a few years ago. He passed away. I knew the guy, I know his family," he said.

"I'm very scared right now. I'm very, very scared."

The guns and gangs unit is investigating the shooting, which is the city's fifth so far in 2016.

Anyone with information about Friday's shooting is asked to call the guns and gangs unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5050. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS), toll-free at 1-800-222-8477.