PAIR SHOT IN DRIVE-BY

Two men, in­clud­ing Bri­tish sol­dier, vic­tims of Kanata shoot­ing

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS - VITO PILIECI

Ottawa po­lice say the two men shot in a drive-by in­ci­dent out­side of a Kanata bar early Thurs­day morn­ing were not the in­tended tar­gets.

At least one of the vic­tims was a 28-year-old off-duty mem­ber of the Bri­tish mil­i­tary.

Ini­tially, po­lice would only con­firm that a 28-year-old man had been shot in the leg and left with se­ri­ous in­juries. He was in sta­ble con­di­tion in hospi­tal.

In an up­date late Thurs­day morn­ing, po­lice con­firmed a sec­ond man, 22, suf­fered mi­nor in­juries as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent.

The Kanata vic­tims were caught in a vol­ley of gun­shots fired out­side the Crazy Horse bar in the Kanata Cen­trum mall around 2:15 a.m.

At least nine bul­lets were dis­charged and sev­eral cas­ings were dis­cov­ered at the scene.

A Bri­tish Army spokesman told the Sun: “We can con­firm that an off-duty sol­dier was in­jured dur­ing an in­ci­dent in Ottawa in the early hours of this morn­ing (lo­cal time). The sol­dier has re­ceived hospi­tal treat­ment and is in a sta­ble con­di­tion. The Cana­dian po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing and it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to com­ment fur­ther at this stage.”

Bri­tish sol­diers are in town for the the Cana­dian Armed Forces Small Arms Con­cen­tra­tion shoot­ing event, which in­volves more than 450 shoot­ers from Canada, the U.K., the Nether­lands and the U.S. The matches be­gan Sept. 4 and go un­til Satur­day at the Con­naught ranges and train­ing cen­tre in Shirley’s Bay.

Po­lice said the mil­i­tary vic­tim is co-op­er­at­ing with in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the guns and gangs unit con­tin­ues and there had been no ar­rests.

By 1 p.m., things had seem­ingly re­turned to nor­mal in the area, as groups of pa­trons sat on pa­tios, or­dered lunch and filled the park­ing lots around Crazy Horse and its neigh­bour Jack As­tor’s.

Re­peated at­tempts to speak with Crazy Horse’s man­ager, An­drew Lawrie, about the in­ci­dent were un­suc­cess­ful.

The pro­pri­etors at neigh­bour­ing busi­nesses were shocked to learn about the shoot­ing so close to their stores. How­ever, since it hap­pened around 2 a.m., very few of those shop­keep­ers were around to wit­ness it.

One of the neigh­bour­ing store own­ers ad­mit­ted to the Sun that they weren’t even aware the in­ci­dent had taken place, as po­lice had packed up and left the scene well be­fore they ar­rived to work Thurs­day.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the in­ci­dent is asked to call the guns and gangs unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5050. Anony­mous tips can be made to Crime Stop­pers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by down­load­ing the Ottawa po­lice app.

JEAN LEVAC

Po­lice sur­vey the scene of a drive-by shoot­ing out­side of the Crazy Horse bar in Kanata that put a pair of vic­tims in hospi­tal. One of the vic­tims, an off-duty Bri­tish sol­dier was shot in the leg and is in sta­ble con­di­tion in hospi­tal. The other re­port­edly suf­fered only mi­nor in­juries.

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