Tragedy Strikes Ottawa: Six Lives Lost in Barrhaven Mass Shooting

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Immediate Response to Mass Shooting in Ottawa

OTTAWA – NATIONAL NEWS – Late Wednesday night, a peaceful Ottawa suburb was rocked by a mass shooting within a townhouse on Berrigan Drive, near Palmadeo Drive, resulting in the tragic loss of six lives, including four children and two adults.

The Ottawa Police were alerted to the catastrophe around 10:50 p.m., with first responders quickly arriving at the scene close to two local schools. They discovered the victims and rushed one injured individual to the hospital.

Upon receiving calls around 10:50 p.m., emergency services rushed to the scene. There, they found six individuals deceased and one person injured, who was promptly transported to the hospital for treatment. The Ottawa Police quickly secured the area, ensuring the safety of the neighborhood, and apprehended a male suspect, thereby mitigating any further risk to public safety.

Ongoing Investigation

The identities of the victims are currently being confirmed as part of the ongoing police investigation. Ottawa Police Chief Eric Stubbs highlighted the complexity of the situation, noting the investigation’s efforts to determine the relationship between the suspect and the victims, while also clarifying that the incident is not believed to involve intimate partner violence.

Community Impact

The gravity of the situation was underscored by reactions from local residents and officials. Barrhaven residents, like David Brose, expressed their shock and grief, finding it difficult to come to terms with the violence that struck their community. Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe and Councilor Wilson Lo have publicly mourned the tragic loss, recognizing the significant impact on the city and specifically the Barrhaven neighborhood.

Safety Assurances

While the community grapples with this tragedy, police reassurances have been made regarding the absence of any ongoing threat to public safety. The Ottawa Police Service Homicide Unit is diligently working on the case, emphasizing the need for public cooperation through information sharing and support for those affected by this devastating event.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Homicide Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5493. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or crimestoppers.ca.
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