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Two dead after shooting takes places at wedding venue in Canada




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Authorities said that two people were killed and six were wounded in a shooting in the parking lot of a reception hall in the Canadian city of Ottawa on Saturday night.

The property hosted two weddings when gunfire erupted outside, causing guests to flee safety.

“It was chaos, there was no general direction of where people were running, it was just everywhere. It was rapid shots, and then there was screaming, and then there was a pause, and then there were more shots, probably like 15-16 more shots that I can recall,” one witness said, reports RTE.

Filming began at 10:21pm on Saturday (03:21 Sunday Irish time) at the Convention Hall car park on the city’s south side, where two separate wedding receptions were held simultaneously.

Police “said to stay in our vehicles. We could not leave the scene,” the witness said, reports RTE.

Ottawa police confirmed that two men, aged 26 and 29, from Toronto, Canada’s largest city, were killed.

Police said six Americans were injured, but their lives were not in danger. Their identities have not been released.

“We are in the process of connecting the pieces of the puzzle,” Martin Groulx, police inspector, told AFP about the ongoing investigation, reports RTE.

“But we do not eliminate this option” he added, noting the investigation has yet to establish a motive, reports RTE.

No arrests had been made as of yesterday afternoon.

Two fatal shootings in Ottawa in 2023 bring to 12, Canada’s capital of nearly 1 million people.

According to the Canadian government, gun violence and shootings have increased significantly in several Canadian cities in recent years.

Since 2009, the country has seen an 81 percent increase in violent gun crime.

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