Po­lice seek ‘armed and dan­ger­ous’ man

War­rant is­sued af­ter shots fired in Mar­ket

Ottawa Citizen - - CITY -

Ot­tawa Po­lice Ser­vice has is­sued a war­rant for a man they con­sider “armed and dan­ger­ous” in con­nec­tion with shots fired in the Mar­ket Fri­day.

Daniel En­rique Esquivel, 19, is de­scribed as a male of Latin Amer­i­can de­scent, five- feet six-inches tall, about 140 pounds, and a res­i­dent of 34260 York St., in Ot­tawa.

He is wanted for firearms re­lated of­fences.

The shoot­ing Fri­day oc­curred at around 7 p.m. in the vicin­ity of 327 York St.

The Guns and Gangs unit of the Ot­tawa Po­lice Ser­vice has con­cluded that the in­ci­dent is not con­nected with shots heard in Vanier early Satur- day morn­ing near 100 Kipp St.

In that in­ci­dent wit­nesses say they heard shots at ap­prox­i­mately 2:40 a.m. and saw sev­eral peo­ple flee­ing. Po­lice found sev­eral bul­let cas­ings at the scene. There were no re­ported in­juries.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about ei­ther in­ci­dent is asked to con­tact the Ot­tawa Po­lice Ser­vice Guns and Gangs Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5050 or Crime Stop­pers at 613-2338477 (TIPS) or toll-free at 1-800-222-8477.

On Fri­day evening an 11-year-old boy work­ing his pa­per route heard loud gun­shots and then saw a man run­ning away with what looked like a large shot­gun un­der his jacket.

Ot­tawa po­lice said that sev­eral shots were fired in the shadow of 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.

The 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 man didn’t say any­thing, the boy said. They were about four or five feet away from each other. The boy de- liv­ers 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 be­ing done to bet­ter pro­tect the neigh­bour­hood. She said she and her chil­dren have 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 said open-air drug deal­ing is com­mon with deal­ers hang­ing out in groups and us­ing whis­tle sig­nals to com­mu­ni­cate.

“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. You don’t see se­cu­rity stay­ing here all night, mon­i­tor­ing ev­ery two min­utes, 20 min­utes or what­ever. No­body cares.

“I’d like some­body to fol­low up on this, on peo­ple’s safety here. This isn’t a joke any­more. My son could have been killed, any kid could be killed now. It’s very fright­en­ing and no­body cares. Why, be­cause we live in sub­si­dized hous­ing? Not all of us are drug ad­dicts and al­co­holics, you know.”

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing. knease@ot­tawac­i­t­i­zen.com twit­ter.com/kristynease

Daniel En­rique Esquivel is wanted for firearms re­lated of­fences.

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