The Ottawa police major crime unit is investigating the death of a Montreal man after a shooting on St. Andrew Street in Lowertown around 4 a.m. Sunday.
Tarique Leger, 19, has been identified by police as the victim in the city’s ninth homicide of 2016.
About one-third of St. Andrew, just east of King Edward Avenue, was blocked off with detectives on scene Sunday morning.
Staff Sgt. Bruce Pirt of the major crime unit said that the shooting happened outside on St. Andrew Street, where “multiple shots” were fired.
Police said they were called to the area in the early morning and had not connected the incident to any apartment or house along the street.
A nearby neighbour who didn’t want to be identified said, “It’s close to home.
“I woke up at 3 a.m. and didn’t hear anything.”
Other neighbours awoke to find nearly a half-dozen police cruisers along St. Andrew.
“It’s really scary,” said 34-year-old Rhiannon Vogl.
Vogl said that she heard a “metallic sound” around 4 a.m. when she went to use the washroom, but didn’t think anything of it until her husband got up and saw the police cars.
“We didn’t expect them to be here when we got up,” she said.
Vogl has lived at the corner of St. Andrew and Rose Street, less than half a block from where the incident occurred, for six years. “Nothing like this has happened before.”
Pirt said that the Ottawa police major crime unit hasn’t investigated any homicides in the area this year.
“It’s not like we’re seeing a pattern in this area,” he said.
Grade 12 student Hailey Duhaine has lived with her parents about a block away from where the shooting occurred for five years. Duhaine said she didn’t hear anything through the night but her family woke up to police cruisers and tape blocking off St. Andrew Sunday morning.
“My mom was a little freaked out, of course,” she said. “Normally it’s a pretty safe neighbourhood.”
Police continue to investigate.
Anyone with information about the shooting on St. Andrew is asked to call police at 613-236-1222 x5493