Gun shots ring out in south-end Ottawa neighbourhood

She locked her front door and nearly walked into gunfire.

Hundreds of south end residents awoke to the sound of five shots Sunday but one long-time tenant said she was only steps from the gunman.

“And then I looked, I just saw — oh my God. From this side, of his pocket, bottom pocket, he pulls out the gun and bang, and bang, and bang. At that point, I just started screaming,” said the witness, who spoke to the Sun on the condition of anonymity.

“I’m just shaking. I feel nauseous.”

Multiple reports of shots fired came in shortly after 6 a.m. from a housing co-op at 3275 McCarthy Rd., near Paul Anka Dr., marking the 26th shooting — and another weekend of gunplay — in the capital.

Two teens, the shooter and his accomplice took off on foot, residents said.

Shots were directed at two homes, one of which was vacant.

A bullet hole was visible in the siding of an upstairs bedroom where a six-year-old boy had climbed into bed with his mother.

“They know where they are, the bedrooms,” said the mother, who didn’t want her name used.

“We are very scared, actually.”

The bullet didn’t enter the room, although the sound was “very close to my son’s head but I didn’t know what was going on,” she continued.

“He sleeps in his bedroom, but in the morning he came to me because maybe he was cold.”

Another bullet flew into their living room on the floor below, beside a wall hanging, before going through a different wall into another unit.

The family moved in four months ago, and said the people next door recently left.

The boy was snuggled with his mom on the sofa watching TV; eyes widened when police officers arrived.

“I told him somebody was playing outside, because I didn’t want to scare him,” said the boy’s father.

Five empty shell casings and one full round — not fired — were recovered at the scene, where police remained for hours.

“At this point, we are unsure if someone was targeted but obviously, it’s extremely lucky an innocent bystander wasn’t hit due to the brazenness of the shooting itself,” said Ottawa police Sgt. Seth Curtis from the guns and gangs unit.

“Several different units were impacted with rounds, including ones where people were sleeping.”

Gerald Featherstone was awake and walking around outside.

“I didn’t see nothing. I only heard four (shots),” Featherstone said.

“I’m concerned. This is a nice neighbourhood.”

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  • 26th – Sun. Aug. 17: Five shots fired at two homes in a co-op at 3275 McCarthy Rd., near Paul Anka Dr., around 6 a.m. No injuries reported.
  • 25th – Wed. Aug. 6: Bullet hole in unit at 1400 Lepage Ave. No injuries reported.
  • 24th – Sun. Aug. 3: 37-year-old man, intoxicated and known to police, shot in back while leaving strip club in taxi near St. Laurent Blvd. and Belfast Rd. around 2:30 a.m. Victim refusing to cooperate with police.
  • 23rd – Wed. Jul. 30: 19-year-old man shot around 10 p.m. along Donald St. In Vanier
  • 22nd – Wed. Jul. 23: Gang-related driveby along Bank St./Heron Rd around 8 p.m. Shots fired from one car to another. No injuries.
  • 21st – Mon. Jul. 20: 20-year-old man, known to police, shot in legs along Ritchie St. at 3 p.m.

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