'Targeted' shooting near Canada's Parliament in Ottawa leaves one dead, at least 3 injured: Police

Police investigate a shooting incident in Ottawa, Canada.
Police investigate a shooting incident in Ottawa, Canada.PHOTO: REUTERS

OTTAWA (NYTIMES) - At least one person was killed and three others were injured in a shooting on a residential street in Ottawa on Wednesday (Jan 8), authorities in the Canadian capital said.

Though initial alerts sent out around 8am ET suggested a gunman was at large on the 400 block of Gilmour Street, near the city centre, Ottawa Police later said they believed it was a "targeted shooting" that unfolded both inside and outside a home.

"It wasn't an active shooter running around shooting people," said Constable Amy Gagnon of the Ottawa Police.

"It was targeted."

She said police were still investigating what led to the shooting, which occurred less than a kilometre from Parliament Hill, the home of the country's legislature.

Police said they were still looking for at least one gunman.

Two people were taken to the Ottawa Hospital and were in critical condition, said Michaela Schreiter, a spokeswoman for the hospital.

And a 15-year-old boy was taken to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, said Patrick Moore, a hospital spokesman.

The boy is in stable condition, Moore said.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The shooting was reported on a residential street near a commercial area in the Centretown neighbourhood lined with casual restaurants, big retail stores and grocers.