Ottawa gangs and the rising number of shootings
CBC Ottawa's 'Under the Gun' investigates the issue of gangs and crime guns
This week, CBC Ottawa will look at several facets of gang activity in the city and the use of crime guns in our series, "Under the Gun."
In 2014, there were 49 cases of shots fired in Ottawa — a record number for one year. That has pushed Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson to hold several meetings to deal with the issue of guns and gangs in Ottawa.
That includes additional staff in the Ottawa police's guns and gangs unit.
- PART ONE | Ottawa's gang violence result of power struggles over drug trade, rivalries
- Homicides low despite record number of shootings
- Exit strategy for young adults in gangs needed to fight gun violence
Our four-part series looks at the cogs in the wheel of Ottawa's guns and gangs problem. You can find details of the series below.
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What's happening with Ottawa gangs?
On Tuesday, Judy Trinh looks at what's behind the sharp rise in gunfire in 2014 and the connection to Ottawa gangs.
In this clip, Staff Sgt. Ken Bryden from the Ottawa police guns and gangs unit talks about the current gang situation.
Where are the guns coming from?
In this clip, a local man speaking on the condition of anonymity discusses what he's seen on Ottawa streets and what motivates people to own guns.
- On mobile? Click here to hear from a local resident on guns.
How do shooting incidents affect Ottawa residents?
On Thursday, we look at the people living in communities ravaged by gangs and crime guns. Stu Mills and Ashley Burke look at the neighbourhoods where the shots are being fired and how the violence is changing those communities.
In this clip, local resident Anita Wade talks about living on Penny Drive and recalls a recent nearby shooting incident.
How do children or young men stay away from gangs?
On Friday, Steve Fischer and Stu Mills finish our series by looking at what is being done to keep young men out of gangs, and at one community that made an anti-gang strategy stick.