Bullets flying between gang members

A gang war in Ottawa’s south end has seen two gun incidents in two days.

Police sources tell the Sun certain members are targeting each other.

It’s unclear what the feud is over.

A man’s car was rammed off the road by two other vehicles in the Riverside Dr. and Mooney’s Bay area around 10 p.m. Friday. Its occupants then shot at the man, sources said.

They apparently tracked him down the next day, again firing at him.

Bullets flying were reported Saturday around 3:40 p.m. in the Heron Rd. area near Finn Court.

Police have asked the public for help with this file, which is ongoing.

No injuries have been reported.

This violent spree, taking place in less than desirable neighbourhoods, comes after a quiet start to 2013.

The first three months alone saw just two shootings, both in the first week of January: A teenager was accidentally shot on Twin Elm Rd., in the Richmond area on Jan. 3, and the next day a wounded 18-year-old man went to the Ottawa hospital.

February and March were both quiet.

In 2012 there were 32 shootings: four in January, five in February and none in March.

Earlier this month, the Sun reported an improvement in the Heron Gate area, thanks to ramped up policing.

Last year, Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said one of his goals was to stop the brazen gunplay. Police said in 2012 gangs were becoming more violent, intimidating and were using guns to settle scores.

“… The conflict ranges from some issues around drug territory, drug trafficking, to just having a fight around a girlfriend,” Bordeleau said at the time.

In the fall, a gang symposium was held with police, experts and former gang members getting together with members of the public to talk about the role everyone plays in reducing gang activity.

Twitter: @ottawasunkroche

http://www.ottawasun.com/2013/04/28/bullets-flying-between-gang-members

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