Jacob Thompson, 40, ID'd as victim in fatal Elmira Drive shooting
Police are now investigating Ottawa's 12th homicide of 2016
Ottawa police have identified the man who died after a shooting at a rowhouse in the city's west end Saturday morning.
Jacob Thompson, 40, was found suffering from a gunshot wound on the 2100 block of Elmira Drive at around 2 a.m., the Ottawa Police Service said Saturday afternoon.
Officers were called to the area after receiving multiple reports that a shot had been fired. Thompson was taken to hospital, where he later died, police said.
Neighbour Muhammad Khan, who called 911 after the shooting, told CBC that "about four or five" people were having a gathering in one of the units just behind his house when the shooting happened.
"I was trying to sleep, and I was [hearing] noises from the back here, a little bit of music, chatting, laughing," Khan said. "Then I heard screaming inside the house."
Khan said he overheard a man and woman fighting.
"He said 'I love you, I love you, that's why I'm here. Because of you I'm here.' And she said 'I don't want you. Just go away. Just leave.' And then suddenly I heard a shot — a single shot."
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The shooting was the city's 47th of 2016, as well as its 12th homicide.
Marwan Arab, 20, was shot and killed inside Shifa restaurant on Cobden Road at the end of January, not far from the scene of Saturday's killing.
In March, police also investigated a non-fatal shooting on the 2000 block of Elmira Drive.
"I know we've had some past shootings in close proximity to this area, but in this stretch or this block, I can't comment if there's been any sort of past criminal activity like this," said Duty Insp. Sean McDade.
As of 12 p.m., police had no suspects and no one in custody, McDade said.
Police 'here all the time'
Sarmad Albiladi was visiting his mother and younger brother Saturday morning in one of the rowhouses next to where the shooting happened.
"There's cops here all the time," said Albiladi. "I mean, I'm not really surprised to see [the police cars] but I was surprised to see somebody got murdered, man. That's crazy."
Police are urging anyone who saw something suspicious on the 2100 block of Elmira early Saturday morning to come forward.