Ottawa police chief to meet with mayor after latest shooting
Man in critical condition in hospital after he was shot twice in back
Ottawa's police chief is meeting with the mayor and the chair of the police services board Monday after another gang-related shooting over the weekend.
On Saturday afternoon a man in his 20s police identified as a gang member was shot twice in the back on Riga Private near Britannia Park.
Police said a black, smaller vehicle pulled up and a suspect shot a man twice in the back before driving away. The victim was in critical condition as of Sunday.
Staff-Sgt. Ken Bryden of the Ottawa police guns and gangs unit said the shooting is believed to be gang-related but said the motive is not clear and the victim's gang affiliation is not yet known.
It was the first gang-related shooting of the new year but comes after a record 49 shootings in 2014.
'People are upset' says Rick Chiarelli
City councillor Rick Chiarelli says residents complaints are pouring in.
"Right now people are upset, they have every reason to be upset," Chiarelli said.
Bordeleau is scheduled to meet Ottawa mayor Jim Watson and Police Services Board chair Eli El-Chantiry Monday afternoon to discuss strategies for dealing with gang violence.
"These incidents have taken place across the city, in various neighbourhoods, and with the common linkage being the illegal drug trade, the availability of hand guns, and the increased willingness of street gang members to use them."
Bordeleau had noted in the Jan. 7 letter that police had arrested 83 "gang members and associates" and had laid hundreds of charges.
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