|Police examine a blood-splattered car left in the road outside a police station about 1 km from the parking lot of the Cabaret Le Pink strip club in Gatineau, where a 19-year-old man was shot to death early yesterday morning. (Tony Caldwell/Sun Media)
OTTAWA -- A bloody hatchback parked outside an Aylmer police station was one of two crime scenes connected to a teenager’s shooting death early Thursday.
Gatineau police responded to the Cabaret Le Pink strip club on Aylmer Rd. around 3 a.m. just after the bar closed for the night. Paramedics transported a 19-year-old man and 26-year-old man to Hull hospital, but the teenager died. The other man’s injuries were considered non-life-threatening.
Police didn’t release the victims’ names. No one had been charged.
Const. Isabelle Poirier, spokesperson for Gatineau police, said they arrested eight people and were guarding the injured man at the hospital.
“Those people will be met by investigators,” Poirier said. “It’s too early to talk about suspects.”
Patrons were walking out of the club when shots rang out in the parking lot. The bar’s DJ quickly opened the door to help about five people flee the gunfire.
Police closed a large area of Aylmer Rd. during the investigation.
Cops working out of the Aylmer detachment, which is about 1 km west of the club, didn’t have to go far to find evidence. A silver 1999 Honda Civic was stopped in the westbound lanes of Aylmer Rd., near Vanier Rd. There was blood smeared across the right panel and the passenger window was broken. There was at least one bullet hole in the passenger door. The driver’s seat was reclined back and there were a pair of shoes on the car’s roof. The car’s Ontario registration belonged to a driver named Ahmed Ali Saleh.
Ottawa police guns and gangs investigators have offered assistance, if necessary, to Gatineau detectives.
Daniel Sauve, manager of Cabaret Le Pink, reviewed the surveillance tape before police seized the footage, which captured the shooting in the parking lot. He said one of the victims appeared to be running into a car and another man was firing a gun.
Sauve, who was inside his office when the shooting happened, said the people involved in the altercation aren’t regular customers. He didn’t hear the shots before seeing people “freaking out” inside.
“Nothing happened inside. There wasn’t even a fight inside the bar,” Sauve said.
While the manager said the club doesn’t usually experience this kind of fracas, the property and surrounding area has seen its share of dust-ups in recent years.
A 26-year-old Ottawa man was shot dead as he drove away from the club in May 2006, a 40-year-old man was attacked by five other men outside the club in November 2005, a 32-year-old man was shot in the arm outside the club in December 2004 and a man was found severely beaten in the parking lot in August 2001.