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6 dead, including 4 children, in Ottawa mass shooting

6 dead, including 4 children, in Ottawa mass shooting
6 dead, including 4 children, in Ottawa mass shooting

Six people — four children and two adults — were killed in what Ottawa’s police chief called a mass shooting at a townhouse in the suburb of Barrhaven late Wednesday night.

The first 911 calls came in around 10:50 p.m., sending responders to Berrigan Drive near Palmadeo Drive, a residential area near two schools.

Inside, emergency services found six dead and one injured person, who was taken to hospital.

The identities of the deceased have not yet been confirmed, police said. The investigation is ongoing.

A man, who police have not yet identified, was arrested at the scene, about 15 kilometres south of downtown Ottawa.

According to the police, there is no ongoing risk to public safety.

It is not assumed that this is a case of intimate partner violence

In an interview with CBC Radio’s Ottawa MorningPolice Chief Eric Stubbs said police could not yet comment on any relationship between the victims and the suspect.

According to him, the researchers do not believe that it is a case of domestic violence.

“This is a tragic case … and it will have a major impact on the city of Ottawa, let alone the immediate Barrhaven area. So obviously we encourage everyone to reach out and seek support to help themselves through this traumatic event,” Stubbs said.

In a separate interview on CBC News Network later Thursday, he called the incident a mass shooting.

Murders on Berrigan Drive

‘Shocking’

After hearing the news early Thursday morning, Barrhaven resident David Brose arrived at the scene.

“I’m obviously in shock… it’s tough,” he said, his voice breaking. “I’m just in awe. I can’t believe it.”

Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe called it on social media “one of the most shocking incidents of violence in our city’s history.”

Councilman Wilson Lo, who represents the area at City Hall, said on social media that he was “saddened to hear of the tragic loss of six Barrhaven neighbors,” and that his thoughts are with their loved ones and those in the area.

The coroner and forensic investigators were on the scene Thursday morning in protective suits and prepared to enter the house.

Ownership records show the property has been owned by two people since 2013.

CBC is working to confirm more details.