Ottawa Airbnb Rental Shooting: One Dead Identified, Three Others In Bad Conditions

An 18-year-old Ottawa man is dead and three other people remain in hospital in serious condition after a shooting at an Airbnb short-term rental in downtown Ottawa

A section of Gilmour Street in Ottawa
A section of Gilmour Street in Ottawa remains taped off on Wednesday afternoon as police continue to investigate a shooting that left one person dead and three others seriously injured earlier in the day

On Wednesday evening, police identified the person killed as Manyok Akol. The three other people who were injured are a 15-year-old boy and two young men, aged 19 and 20, police confirmed. Their names have not been released by the police service.

First responders descended on a home in the 400 block of Gilmour Street around 7:30 a.m. following reports of “multiple” gunshots.” Officers found four victims with gunshot wounds and one succumbed to injuries at the scene, acting inspector Francois D’Aoust told reporters near the site.

The 15-year-old boy was taken to CHEO, a pediatric hospital and research center in Ottawa, according to a spokesperson for the hospital.

Late Wednesday afternoon, a spokesperson for Airbnb — a large online platform for listing and booking short-term rentals — confirmed the residence on Gilmour Street was listed on its website.

The company said it has deactivated listings associated with the address as it investigates the incident further and has also removed the booking guest from the platform.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Gun violence is abhorrent, and our hearts go out to all who have been impacted. We are in close touch with city officials and with Ottawa Police Services to support their investigation,” said a statement from Airbnb spokesperson Ben Breit.

Police presence increased

As of Wednesday evening, the section of Gilmour Street between Kent and Lyon streets remains taped off. Police are asking people to respect the safety perimeter that officers have set up “to protect the scene and the integrity of the ongoing investigation.”

Ottawa’s chief of police, Peter Sloly, said on Twitter that the service is keeping an increased police presence in the area while the investigation continues.

Four nearby French Catholic schools were placed on lockdown in the morning as a preventative measure. The lockdown was lifted shortly before 10:30 a.m., the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est tweeted.


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