Ottawa police say they have finally been able to confirm a 23-year-old man who brought himself to the emergency room was present during a shooting overnight in the east end.
Residents on Cummings Avenue called 911, reporting hearing shots fired just after midnight, not long after the young man arrived at the Montfort Hospital.
"It's like a firecracker, like, tat tat tat tat, tat tat tat tat, then I hear, like 'let's go, let's go,'" said Paul, who has lived on the street for 13 years.
Officers have found bullet holes in a parked small SUV and five shell casings at the scene.
Investigators said it took several hours for the young man to confirm he was present at the shooting but he's not providing much more information.
"He is starting to come around a little bit in terms of cooperation but he's probably sleeping right now and we're hoping that once he has a chance to rest he becomes more cooperative for us because we don't have much right now." said Sgt. Ken Bryden.
He said that isn't uncommon in cases like these, adding nearly every file has witnesses who refuse to tell police what they know.
If you have any information regarding this incident, you are asked to contact Ottawa Police. The Guns and Gangs Unit can be reached 613-236-1222 extension 5050.