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(Posted 11:30 a.m., Jan. 22)
Police address public safety concerns at BCA meeting

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Blackburn Community Association (BCA) held its annual general meeting Thursday night and the main topic of discussion was the recent drive-by shooting in a townhouse development on Innes Road that sent one man to hospital.

The incident happened shortly after midnight on Jan.15. The victim was asleep in bed when he was struck in the leg by a bullet that had passed through an exterior wall. The victim's wife and children were also home at the time of the shooting.

Two suspects, a 46-year-old woman and an underage male, were arrested on Wednesday and charged with multiple weapons-related offenses.

Four members of the Ottawa Police Service including an inspector and a sergeant who lives in the community, were invited to the AGM to give members an update of the shooting and subsequent arrest, and allay concerns about public safety.

According to preliminary information gleaned since the arrests were made, there is no connection between the suspects and the owners of the home targeted in the drive-by shooting. In fact, the home wasn't even their intended target.

Despite the fact that it was the second drive-by shooting in the development in the past four years, the police assured the Community Association meeting that Blackburn Hamlet remains a "safe area" compared to other suburban neighbourhoods in the city.

During the past three years, the Ottawa Police Service has responded to 472 calls, 80 of which were for mischief and grafitti, that remaining 392 calls ranged from drug-related offences to home break-ins. That's just over one incident per month.

Sgt. Brad Hampson, who has lived in the community most of his life, took the time to remiind residents that they can play an important role in the fight against crime by being more observant and calling in any suspicious activity they see.

In other words, if you see something, say something, says BCA president Laura Dudas.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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