This morning, another shooting took place in downtown Ottawa, leaving three people seriously injured and one person dead. Among the injured was a 15-year-old boy who is now in stable condition. It's only January 8, and Ottawa shootings in 2020 have already outpaced the number of shootings by this time in 2019.

Early this morning, Ottawa Police warned residents about a shooting that took place on Gilmour Street. They have since said that the shooter appeared to be targeting someone and that it was no longer an active situation. 

Police are currently looking for the suspect. However, they do not have a description of the shooter. They are asking the public for any information that might be available. Major Crimes has also indicated that there are no national security implications tied to the shooting.

Ottawa's previous shootings in 2020 both took place on New Year's day, just a few hours apart. The first shooting took place at 4:30 AM in a residential home. No one was injured, and police arrested three suspects shortly after.

The second shooting took place at 10:29 PM the same day near Somerset Street West and Bronson Avenue. A 44-year-old-man received serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Police released a photo of the suspect and asked the public for help in identifying him.

Along with all of Ottawa's shootings in 2020, there have also been three handgun seizures already this month.

The first seizure occurred on January 3. Police made an arrest during a traffic stop and located a loaded handgun in the suspect's car.

A second seizure also took place that same day. Three men were arrested after a traffic stop, and police found a firearm and drugs in the vehicle. One of the men who was arrested had a previously issued firearm prohibition order.

The third firearm seizure took place during the execution of a search warrant by the Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit. A loaded pistol was found in a residential home, and three people received joint gun-related charges.

Ottawa's shootings in 2020, as well as firearm seizures, have already added up faster than 2019. By January 10 last year, there were no police reports about shootings or weapon seizures.


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