Gunshots send boy, 11, running for cover
No injuries in Murray Street incident
An 11-year-old boy working his paper route off Murray Street heard loud gunshots on Friday night, then saw a man running away with what looked like a large shotgun under his jacket.
Ottawa police confirmed that multiple shots were fired in the shadow of 380 Murray St., an Ottawa Community Housing highrise apartment building. No one was injured.
The boy, his mother and 19-year-old sister live in a subsidized, semi-detached home between Murray and Clarence streets, just steps across from the alley where police marked five shell casings with yellow numbers on Friday night.
They boy and his mother only spoke on condition of anonymity. The boy said he was in the parking lot nearby when he heard the shots and saw the man running away.
“A lady (nearby) in a wheelchair … told me, ‘Come on, come on, get into my house. We need to call the police.’ But I said ‘No, I have to go to my mom.’
“So I came home and I told my mom, we called police and that’s when the police arrived.”
The boy delivers papers in the area once a week.
“I was scared, knowing that the guy could have put the gun on me and shot me,” the boy said. “Knowing that is scary. When I was coming into the house my heart was beating very quickly and I told my mom, ‘Stay in the house. Do not go anywhere.’ And I locked the door, and that’s when we called police.”
Sitting nearby, his mother said she’s tired of nothing be- ing done to better protect the people living there. They’ve been living there for about four or five years and they’ve had rocks thrown through their windows, window frames bent, doors broken open and more.
They both said open-air drug dealing is common, too. The dealers hang out in groups and use whistle signals to communicate, they said.
“There’s gangs around here all the time, they’ve got two-by-fours, guns, knives, everything,” the mother said. “It’s very frightening to go out here now. … It’s not the first time there’s been gun shooting here. And nobody does anything about it ...”
The investigation is ongoing.