Victims in fatal wedding shooting weren’t intended targets, police say

Victims in fatal wedding shooting weren’t intended targets, police say

Ottawa police say they don’t consider the 2 males killed in Saturday’s wedding ceremony reception capturing have been the targets of the roughly 50 rounds of handgun ammunition fired at a conference centre.

Two Toronto males, 26-year-old Mentioned Mohamed Ali and 29-year-old Abdishakur Abdi-Dahir, have been killed and 6 others have been injured by bullets on Sept. 2 on the Infinity Conference Centre close to the Ottawa Worldwide Airport.

Deputy Ottawa police Chief Patricia Ferguson stated at a Wednesday afternoon information convention there have been two “well-attended” weddings taking place on the venue on the time, and the shooter or shooters fled within the chaos after bullets flew.

“[The shooting] was targeted on people believed to be attending one of many weddings,” she stated.

“We don’t consider, nonetheless, that any of the victims of this brazen and careless assault have been the supposed targets.”

Ferguson informed reporters that Ali had simply arrived in Canada 4 months in the past from an unspecified nation, whereas Abdi-Dahir was working as an engineer.

Ottawa law enforcement officials study the entrance finish of a sedan on Sept. 3, 2023 as they accumulate proof after a capturing that left two individuals lifeless. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Nonetheless no arrests

One of many six injured individuals stays in hospital, Ferguson stated. A number of the individuals who have been shot and launched from hospital have been visiting from Ohio, she added.

No arrests or suspects have been introduced. 

Ottawa police Chief Eric Stubbs stated he’s requested individuals on the wedding ceremony to speak to police and — together with residents and companies close by — to share any video which may be helpful.

Stubbs stated Tuesday police consider it was a focused capturing and there is no such thing as a indication it was hate-motivated.

Ottawa police Supt. Jamie Dunlop declined to share extra about what they knew about any motivation or weapons that have been concerned.

Investigators have labored with each Toronto and provincial police to establish the victims, Dunlop stated. However given the 2 lifeless males weren’t the supposed targets, he stated the investigation for now’s targeted on what occurred in Ottawa.

“It could be a mistake to suppose this can be a Toronto downside,” he stated. “Ottawa has, sadly, our personal downside in terms of unlawful hand weapons, when it comes to shootings [and] gangs.”

When requested if it was a mass capturing, Dunlop stated there was no proof the shooter wished to harm eight individuals.

An Ottawa Police officer collects evidence after a Saturday night shooting at the Infinity Convention Centre that left two dead, in Ottawa, on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Ottawa Law enforcement officials accumulate proof after a Saturday night time capturing on the Infinity Conference Centre that left two lifeless, in Ottawa, on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang (The Canadian Press)

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