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Ottawa Police seize loaded gun in Byward Market; police charge known gang member

Ottawa Police have charged two men with close to a dozen firearms related charges, after seizing a loaded gun in the Byward Market Monday morning.

Police were called to George and Clarence Streets around 2:30 Monday morning after hearing reports of gunshots.

Upon arrival, they stopped a car on George Street and found a loaded gun inside.

Two men, Mohamed Najdi,26, and Ali Diain, 20, were arrested and charged with:

  • Use/handle/store firearm, etc. carelessly
  • Possess weapon, etc./dangerous to public peace
  • Possess prohibited firearm without holding a licence and registration certificate
  • Possess prohibited firearm knowingly not holding a licence and registration certificate
  • Occupy motor vehicle with firearm, etc.
  • Possess loaded regulated firearm
  • Possess firearm, etc. obtained by crime

Najdi, a known gang member, was arrested and charged with attempted murder in January 2008 after a shooting in a Tim Horton's parking lot. In 2009, he was arrested again, charged with firearms related offences.

In this most recent case he is also facing additional charges including:

  • Possess firearm, etc. while prohibited
  • Possess firearm, etc. while prohibited
  • Fail to comply/condition of undertaking to officer

Anyone with information about this case is being asked to contact the Ottawa Police Guns and Gangs Unit at 613-236-1222 Ext. 5050.

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