The Ottawa family of 25-year-old Christine MacNeil has no idea what led her to the Gatineau hotel where she was shot and killed Monday night.

Her father, John MacNeil, described her as "happy-go-lucky young lady" who worked at a salon in Ottawa that offered nail and tanning services.

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Christine MacNeil was a "happy-go-lucky young lady," her father said. (Facebook)

"As good as gold, as far as I'm concerned," he told CBC News. "I'm still quite shaken up."

Gatineau police were called to the Four Points Sheraton Hotel on Rue Laurier shortly after 8 p.m. ET Monday following reports of shots fired in the building.

It's the first homicide in Gatineau this year.

MacNeil said police told him they were looking for a male suspect in his daughter's death.

"I really hope that they find this person quickly and that he's dealt his justice swiftly," he said.

Christine MacNeil's stepmother told CBC News they found out about the death when Gatineau police detectives knocked on their door in Vanier at 4 a.m. Tuesday.

"Christine was loved by a lot of people and she'll be missed a lot," Pauline MacNeil said.

Police have not told the family much, aside from the fact that her stepdaughter was dropped off at the hotel in a black car and that "there was a man," she said.

"We don't know what happened. We're waiting to get answers," she said. "Who did it? And why?"

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 819-243-2345, ext. 6677.