‘I cannot just stay away’: Bystanders rush to help victim of fatal shooting – Ottawa

A man is dead after he was shot outside a townhouse complex on Caldwell Avenue in the city’s Carlington neighbourhood Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting occurred near 1500 Caldwell Ave. just before 3:30 p.m., and police confirmed they found the man outside the townhouse complex. He underwent  “aggressive resuscitation” on the way to hospital, according to Ottawa paramedics.

Police later confirmed he died in hospital. The man has not been identified yet, according to Insp. John Medeiros. 

Bystanders tried to help

Witnesses describe seeing people fleeing the scene and a small group trying to help the man. Among them was Fabien Kalala, who used to live in the area and was visiting relatives Wednesday afternoon.

Kalala’s three-year-old daughter was playing outside when he said he heard a burst of four gunshots. He brought her and other children to safety, then heard more gunfire and decided to intervene.​

“I cannot just stay away, watching from far. That’s why I got involved,” he said. 

Kalala said he saw a man conscious and bleeding on the ground.

“It was bloody for sure, but my first instinct was to keep the person alive and to try to put as much pressure — all my force —on his chest to keep the blood circulating in his body.”

Fabien Kalala’s daughter was playing outside when the shooting happened. After getting her to safety, he helped provide first-aid and adminster CPR to the victim. (Matthew Kupfer/CBC)

Trained in first aid, Kalala said he tried to keep talking to the man, but he lost consciousness after a couple of minutes.

Kalala began to administer CPR as people called 911. Minutes later, paramedics arrived at the scene and the man was transported to hospital.

The adrenaline Kalala had been feeling wore off when he heard the man had died.

“Everything we did, everything we tried,” he said. “I present my condolences to the family. I don’t know the person.”

His daughter has been traumatized by the incident, he said, and has said she doesn’t want to return to the neighbourhood.

“My daughter’s still in shock. She’s three years old, I didn’t want her to see something like this. I hope she won’t keep that image that this place, Ottawa or Caldwell, is a bad place.”

Kalala said he hopes the city and local politicians work to make the neighbourhood a better place.

Chief Charles Bordeleau and Coun. Riley Brocklington were at the scene of the homicide late Wednesday evening.

Fearing for children


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