Canterbury residents can likely breathe a sigh of relief.
In the wake of a Valentine’s Day shooting, Ottawa guns and gangs officers don't believe the victim’s story that he was shot in the vicinity of the Canterbury Community Centre, near Arch Street and Canterbury Avenue, is accurate.
“That’s kind of the story he gave,” said Const. Chuck Benoit, Ottawa police spokesperson. “But we have no confirmation.
“There’s no more evidence corroborating that location. There’s no witnesses or other injuries to other people, so we have no (suspects) at this time.”
“We don’t have any gathered information from the street stating that there’s a guy wanting to shoot up a certain location.”
-Const. Chuck Benoit, Ottawa Police Service
Patrol officers were alerted to Ottawa’s first shooting of 2017 by Ottawa Hospital staff after the victim drove himself to the emergency room suffering from a non-life-threatening wound. Police arrived at the undisclosed ER on Feb. 14 around 7 p.m.
Guns and gangs officers don’t know where the shooting took place or at what time since the victim is not co-operating, though he was forthright about his own identity, Benoit confirmed.
A police media release says the man was shot once. Police have subsequently refused to say if he was shot more than once or where he was hit.
“We can’t divulge certain information and this is one of them,” Benoit said, adding this detail can either help confirm or rule out the identity of a suspect. “That’s all part of the investigation.”
What is known is that the victim is a 30-year-old Ottawa man. It’s believed he is well known to police, though the service has declined to confirm that.
Trying to cover up the precise location where the shooting took place may be an attempt to protect the identity of the shooter and cover up evidence of any illegal activity at the site where the shooting happened, police said. Benoit said investigators must determine if the man shot himself, which is typical protocol.
“We’re also looking at that. There’s also a vehicle that was involved that he was driving,” Benoit said, adding police are putting all potential angles under the microscope.
Police are not yet revealing the make and model of the victim’s vehicle.
Metroland Media has learned that police believe there is very little risk to the community.
“We have no info to say this is targeted or not targeted,” Benoit said. “We don’t have any gathered information from the street stating that there’s a guy wanting to shoot up a certain location.”
If police can confirm the victim is lying about the shooting location, he could face a mischief charge.
“Right now that’s not the intention of investigators,” said Benoit. “We’re working with the victim as much as we can to gather the information.”
The victim’s injury did not require an overnight stay in hospital. He was discharged within hours of the shooting.
As police attempt to track down the actual location of the shooting, witnesses and anyone with information about the case are urged to call the police guns and gangs unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5050. You can also call in anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.