Police investigating homicide in Mechanicsville
Man in early 20s found dead near Scott Street
Ottawa police are investigating a homicide after a man in his early 20s was found dead in the city's Mechanicsville neighbourhood early Monday morning.
Officers were called at 3:42 a.m. about "possible shots fired" on Carruthers Avenue just north of Scott Street, Ottawa police said. The area is next to the Transitway.
Back alley of Carruthers Ave. where Ottawa Police have blocked and taped area off. Appears investigators have set up a white tent. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ottnews?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ottnews</a> <a href="https://t.co/EXu5seGJP0">pic.twitter.com/EXu5seGJP0</a>—@Krystalle_CBC
Police are not confirming the cause of the man's death, and said they're waiting to notify relatives before identifying him.
The major crime unit is investigating.
Carruthers Avenue is closed north of Scott Street, while Scott remains open.
Yellow caution tape blocked a back alley behind Carruthers Avenue, where it appeared police had set up a white tent behind some homes.
Neighbours heard gunshots
A nearby resident told CBC he heard what sounded like gunshots and speeding vehicles around the time of the shooting.
Another resident, Diana Djigrova, said she saw police cars Monday morning.
"I was very worried when I understood what happened because the school bus is just a couple of blocks away. And I'm worried for my children, for my parents, for elderly people who live here, for everybody," she said.
Another woman who said she lives two blocks from where the incident happened called it "terrifying," and said she's concerned for the safety of her child, who often plays nearby.
Not everyone was so concerned, however. Steve Parkin lives in the area and said he heard what he believed to be 10 to 12 gunshots.
"It doesn't worry me. You know, this could happen anywhere. It could happen in the ritziest neighbourhoods in Toronto," he said.
On scene at Scott St. and Carruthers Ave. where Ottawa Police are investigating a suspicious death. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ottnews?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ottnews</a> <a href="https://t.co/9znHDGZQ2j">pic.twitter.com/9znHDGZQ2j</a>—@Krystalle_CBC
with files from Krystalle Ramlakhan