Cops canvassing residents after shots fired

A Lowertown resident wasn’t surprised to hear gunshots ringing out in her neighbourhood Sunday night.

“There was a good six or seven (shots) the first time we heard them,” said resident Melyssa Rondhuis.

Ottawa police received several calls around 11 p.m. from Beausoleil Dr. and York St., just east of King Edward Ave.

Rondhuis said there were at least three more rounds fired.

“It was almost like they were chasing someone or the cops were chasing them. They were definitely mobile.”

Cops said no one was injured and there wasn’t any visible property damage.

Officers found a handful of recently fired shell casings on the ground.

“It’s definitely not normal,” in the neighbourhood, Staff Sgt. Murdock MacLeod told the Sun.

But Rondhuis doesn’t agree.

“We hear noises like gunshots a lot around here so it’s not uncommon,” she said.

“It’s kind of hard to decipher what’s gunshots, especially this weekend with fireworks.”

But convenience store owner Wagih Hammoud says the cops are right — the neighbourhood isn’t unsafe.

“(I) haven’t heard shots in a long time,” he said, adding the last time he did was 10 to 15 years ago.

“It’s a nice area. I don’t know what’s going on.”

But Hammoud doesn’t work nights or live in the area.

Ben Oomen has been there for about one year and said he’s not surprised, adding it comes with the territory.

“I get approached once every two weeks by a hooker, you know, just on my way to work,” he said.

“Usually, I just sort of flash my wedding ring.”

Oomen said he used to live on Argyle Ave., with all the “window dressings.”

But he’s staying put in Lowertown.

“I’d much prefer this little suburb to downtown. Go figure.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Guns and Gangs section at 613-236-1222 ext. 5050 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS).

http://www.ottawasun.com/2011/05/23/cops-canvassing-residents-after-shots-fired

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