Ottawa

1 man dead, another injured in Lowertown shooting

Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting death of 18-year-old Creflo Tansia in Ottawa's Lowertown neighbourhood Tuesday night.

City's 14th homicide of the year took place late Tuesday evening in same neighbourhood as July fatal shooting

Police officers at the scene of a shooting Tuesday in Ottawa's Lowertown neighbourhood that left one man dead and another with non-life-threatening injuries. (Stephane Beaudoin/Radio-Canada)

The same man has survived what ended up being two fatal shootings in Ottawa's Lowertown neighbourhood, CBC News has learned.

Homicide detectives are investigating the city's 14th homicide of the year after the shooting death of Creflo Tansia, 18, in front of 380 Murray St., an Ottawa Community Housing building, on Tuesday evening.

Police and paramedics responded to the double shooting around 8:20 p.m. Neighbours circled a man who had been shot and was lying on a paved pathway in front of nearby rowhouses, according to video of the unfolding scene viewed by CBC. CBC is not publishing the video because of its sensitive nature.

Paramedics said they found one man who was critically injured, while another man was seriously injured. One was loaded onto a stretcher. Tansia died from his injuries at The Ottawa Hospital early Wednesday morning.

Creflo Tansia, 18, was killed on Murray Street just east of Ottawa's downtown core Aug. 10, 2021. (GoFundMe)

The second man, whose injuries are considered not life-threatening, is the same 18-year-old who was shot only blocks away just five weeks ago, according to sources. That shooting claimed the life of 20-year-old Loris Tyson Ndongozi, a much-loved aspiring football star, who was not the target of the shooting.

It was the second man, whom CBC is not naming, who was targeted in that shooting. Police believe the motive in that shooting was a debt of money owed. A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for a suspect in that case.

The shooting happened just before 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. (Supplied)

Residents shaken after repeated gunfire

Lowertown resident Stephanie, who only gave her first name, lives near the scene of Tuesday's homicide and heard gunfire. She said she feared for her own child.

"I heard the two gunshots," she said. "I went outside the backyard thinking maybe it was my daughter.... When I got there, it was a young Black man on the ground that had been shot, and it was really sad.

"The only thing I'm afraid about is what if my kids are playing outside and someone comes and my kid's shot by accident, or someone else's young child?" 

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Donald Bedard wants something done about the violence in the neighbourhood.

"After 30 years of being here, its like a routine," Bedard said.

"Just a month ago, there was a shooting in the back ... then a few months before that, there was a shooting right in the front here. Then there are stabbings and everything."

A Lowertown resident named Lisa, who also didn't give a last name, said she saw police on the scene after hearing the sound of gunfire. 

"It's starting to get scary in this area," she said. "Something needs to be done with the gun violence." 

The location of the shooting is just blocks away from where a 20-year-old man was fatally shot in July. (Supplied)

Acting Supt. Carl Cartright told CBC police will be increasing their presence in the neighbourhood following the homicide. However, Cartright said police do not believe Tuesday night's gunfire represents an ongoing security concern for the neighbourhood.

Police were on scene Wednesday loading a white sedan parked in the area onto a tow truck. No suspects are in custody.

This is the city's 14th homicide of 2021. 

Ottawa police ask anyone with information about the shooting to contact the homicide unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5493.

Ottawa police are investigating after one was fatally shot and another injured in a double shooting on Murray Street on Aug. 10, 2021 (Supplied)

Corrections

  • A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that Tuesday's fatal shooting was the city's 13th homicide of the year. It was actually the 14th homicide. Police appear not to have previously released information that an inmate at the Ottawa jail was severely beaten weeks ago. He died in July.
    Aug 11, 2021 11:59 AM ET

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shaamini Yogaretnam

CBC Ottawa reporter

Shaamini Yogaretnam is CBC Ottawa's justice, crime and police reporter. She has spent nearly a decade covering crime in the nation's capital. You can reach her at shaamini.yogaretnam@cbc.ca or 613-220-2486. You can find her on Twitter at @shaaminiwhy

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