Gun­shots send boy, 11, run­ning for cover

No in­juries in Murray Street in­ci­dent

Ottawa Citizen - - CITY - KRISTY NEASE knease@ot­tawac­i­t­i­zen.com twit­ter.com/kristynease

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.

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