Police seek ‘armed and dangerous’ man
Warrant issued after shots fired in Market
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.”
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Daniel Enrique Esquivel is wanted for firearms related offences.