A man who was denied entry to a bar shot a security guard in the ByWard Market early Monday morning and fired on police who pursued him, Ottawa police say.
The man, identified as Andre Green, tried to gain entry to a bar near the 100 block of Clarence Street, but was not allowed in. He then fired several gunshots just before 1 a.m., striking a security guard twice in the leg, the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) said in a statement.
The shots sent crowds of bar-goers running, according to accounts of the shooting posted on social media and videos taken shortly afterward.
Nearby officers rushed to the scene and pursued Green, who fled and fired at one of the officers as he did so. He was ultimately arrested, police said. A firearm was recovered.
Green, who is from the Scarborough area, is due to appear in court Monday morning and has been charged with attempted murder, pointing a firearm and several other firearm offenses. He was not a licensed restricted firearms owner, the OPS said.
Ottawa paramedics said they transported one adult male victim with gunshot wounds to the hospital in stable condition. The security guard suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to the OPS, but is expected to undergo surgery.
Police closed roads in the area for several hours overnight, but they had reopened on Monday morning.
“Central Division Investigators are asking any witnesses who have not yet come forward to contact them at 613-236-1222 ext. 5166 or the Guns and Gangs unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5050,” the OPS statement said.
On Saturday morning, Ottawa police responded to reports of a stabbing in the ByWard market. In that incident, a victim was transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.