OPS tackle gun crime over weekend

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) seized a handgun downtown and are investigating an unrelated shooting in Nepean Saturday (June 6).

“The Guns and Gangs Unit has laid charges in relation to a seized handgun on Friday evening and, in a separate incident, is investigating a Saturday shooting on Morrison Drive,” the OPS released in a statement today (June 8).

On Friday night, Neighbourhood Resource Team (NRT) officers were alerted by a member of the public a man was possibly armed with a gun at the corner of Rideau Street and Sussex Drive.

“The officers approached the suspected individual and observed him stowing a pistol in his waistband,” the OPS said. “The man then fled the scene and was later apprehended without incident.”

Kevin Nsabua, 19-years-old of Ottawa, was charged with:

  • Careless storage of a Firearm
  • Careless Use of a Firearm
  • Possess Weapon Dangerous to Public Peace
  • Carry Concealed Weapon
  • Possess Restricted Firearm
  • Unlicensed Person Possess Restricted Weapon x2
  • Unlicensed Person Possess Prohibited Device
  • Possess Loaded Regulated Firearm
  • Possess Firearm with Altered Serial Number
  • Fail to Comply with Undertaking

He appeared in court on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, at approximately 3:10 p.m., frontline officers responded to a call where a member of the public advised he had just found ammunition casings in the 1000 block of Morrison Drive in the Graham Park area of Nepean. Further investigation revealed the gun shot had been heard in the vicinity the night before around 11:15 p.m. The Guns and Gangs Unit is investigating the incident.

Ottawa police have seized 56 crime guns this year. In 2020, there have been 17 shootings to date, down from 30 at this time in 2019.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Ottawa Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5050. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.