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Ottawa’s 3rd shooting in less than a day leaves 2 men injured: police

An Ottawa police vehicle.
An Ottawa police vehicle. Beatrice Britneff / Global News File

Local police say two young men were injured in a shooting in Ottawa’s west end on Monday night, the city’s third shooting in less than 24 hours.

Officers were called to the area near Carling Avenue and Ritchie Street in Britannia around 11:15 p.m. on Monday, a spokesperson for the Ottawa Police Service confirmed Tuesday morning.

Two men, aged 23 and 24, were found at the scene with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds and taken to hospital, Const. Chuck Benoit said.

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Monday night’s incident came after two shootings earlier in the day.

Police were first called to the 100 block of Carruthers Avenue in Mechanicsville, just west of the downtown core, just before 4 a.m. Officers found a dead man at the scene, who investigators on Tuesday morning identified as Guled Ahmed, a 23-year-old from Toronto.

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Less than four hours later, shortly after 7:30 a.m., Ottawa police responded to reports of gunfire downtown on Gilmour Street, between Bronson Avenue and Percy Street.

The bullets were fired at a home but police found no victims at the scene, Benoit said.

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Benoit said police continue their investigations into all three incidents and there’s nothing to suggest the shootings are linked.

As of Tuesday morning, no arrests had been made in any of these cases.

In a news release on Tuesday, Ottawa police announced the force’s major crimes unit had taken over the Gilmour Street investigation.

Major crimes is also investigating the homicide on Carruthers Avenue. A separate media release noted residents will continue to see a police presence in the area while the investigation continues.