Man remains in serious condition
Police yesterday charged five men with attempted murder in connection with a shooting outside a Tim Hortons coffee shop Monday night.
Major Crime investigators worked all day Tuesday and through the night on the case that left a man hospitalized with a gunshot wound, and made arrests at about 6 a.m. yesterday, said Ottawa Police Const. Isabelle Lemieux.
She said investigators had recovered a firearm, although it cannot be confirmed as connected to the case.
“Because it hasn’t been examined, they cannot ascertain that it was used in the crime,” said Lemieux. To protect the investigation, police aren’t saying what the firearm is or where it was found.
Four Ottawa men and a Calgary man face charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault, possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of proceeds of crime and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. at 1950 Walkley Rd. near Conroy Road on Monday. Witnesses reported a car entered the parking lot, an occupant shot the man, and then the vehicle sped away.
The victim, a man in his early 20s, was treated for a single gunshot wound at the scene by paramedics and taken to Ottawa Hospital. Admitted in critical condition, the victim is now listed in serious but stable condition. Police are not saying where the man was shot, said Lemieux.
Although investigators do not believe the crime is random, the motive is under investigation, she said. Police are also investigating the relationship between the suspects and the victim.
Hussein Mohammad, 21, Mohamed Najdi, 20, Ahmed Zalal, 21, and Yusuf Ibrahim, 20, all of Ottawa, and Abdulaziz Abdullah, 21, of Calgary, appeared in court on the charges yesterday.
Not a random act