Two Ottawa men were shot and killed in an evening shooting in a plaza in Orleans.
Ottawa police say the shooting in the area of Tompkins Avenue and Tenth Line Road just before 9 p.m. Wednesday was a targeted incident.
“There was just one guy in the middle of the road, so we went to help,” said Mussa Siddiqui, owner of the African BBQ House in the square.
“He was shot; shot three times, bleeding.”
Siddiqui said he saw a second man with gunshot wounds inside a vehicle in the parking lot.
One man was pronounced dead at the scene, while the second died of his injuries in hospital, police said early Wednesday morning.
A third man was treated for non-life threatening injuries and was discharged from hospital overnight.
The victims have been identified as Krishel Kanin Murphy-Nimblett, 28, and Mohamed Omar Mohamed, 23, both of Ottawa.
A man who was in the square on Wednesday evening said several witnesses, including a nurse, rushed to help one of the victims on the ground.
“She told me before he ran saying, ‘I’ve been shot, call the ambulance, take me to the hospital’. He collapsed, she immediately went there and put him in the recovery position. I went there and helped,” said the man, who asked not to be identified.
“From there we kept trying to keep him conscious, we kept trying to make sure he was okay. We had a nurse who came by afterwards and helped us as well.”
He says the nurse started giving first aid before the paramedics arrived.
“After the recovery position, we tried to remove his shirt to find the bullet wound. After finding it, we completely removed his shirt,” he said. “He was losing consciousness from there, the nurse started doing first aid, he regained consciousness, from there the paramedics arrived on the scene and took matters into their own hands.”
The witness says Mohamed was an old friend from high school.
“He was a basketball player. I remember I played GCBA with him and his older brother. They were nice, really nice people,” he said. “I remember I was a little overweight at the time, he was one of them supporting me saying, ‘Oh no, he’s cool’, shake my hand, keep me in the crowd. He was a really cool guy.
“I’m glad I could be there to help him. I really am. It’s just a shame I didn’t realize it was him.”
There is no word on the suspects in the case.
Ottawa Police Staff Sgt. Jeff Pilon says investigators believe it was a “targeted” shooting.
“We are very aware today that this is a very tragic incident, that two families have lost loved ones to a gunshot in our town and our thoughts are certainly with the families today. “, said Pilon on Wednesday afternoon.
“There are a lot of investigative steps that need to continue. This will involve interviewing anyone involved, searching and reviewing any type of surveillance video, there is a lot of forensic work to be done. accomplish to assist in the investigation.”
The evening shooting shook residents of the East Ward.
“That never happens in Orléans, it’s a residential area with families, small children,” said Brigitte Lalonde. “I’m shocked this happened.”
“It’s crazy. We wouldn’t have expected this to happen in this community,” said Lina Chaar, director of High Ties. “It’s in Orleans. It’s crazy.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Homicide Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493.
With files from Jackie Perez of CTV News Ottawa