A 26 year old man has been arrested and is facing numerous charges after a shooting incident at the Tanger Outlet Mall on December 26. The Ottawa Police Guns & Gangs Unit arrested and charged Yaqoub ALI of Ottawa yesterday.
He faces the following charges:
· CC 86 (1) USE/HANDLE/STORE FIREARM, ETC. CARELESSLY
· CC 87 (1) POINT A FIREARM
· CC 88 (1) POSSESS WEAPON, ETC./DANGEROUS TO PUBLIC PEACE
· CC 90 (1) CARRY CONCEALED WEAPON, ETC.
· CC 91 (1) POSSESS RESTRICTED OR PROHIBITED FIREARM WITHOUT HOLDING A LICENCE AND REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE
· CC 92 (1) POSSESS RESTRICTED OR PROHIBITED FIREARM KNOWINGLY NOT HOLDING A LICENCE AND REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE
· CC 95 (1) POSSESS LOADED REGULATED FIREARM
· CC 96 (1) POSSESS FIREARM, ETC. OBTAINED BY CRIME
· CC 117.01 (1) POSSESS FIREARM, ETC. WHILE PROHIBITED
· CC 180 (1) (a) COMMON NUISANCE/ENDANGER LIVES OR SAFETY OF PUBLIC
· CC 244 (1) DISCHARGE FIREARM WITH INTENT TO WOUND, ENDANGER LIFE OR PREVENT ARREST
A warrant was also executed at a home in the east end of the City.
“Gun violence and the gang activity associated with it is an enforcement priority for our Service and this arrest is the direct result of hard work by our officers,” said Ottawa Police Acting Chief Jill Skinner. “Investigations into other shootings in Ottawa remain underway and we are significantly increasing the number of Guns & Gangs investigators looking into those cases.”
In 2014, Ottawa Police made 83 arrests of gang members and associates and seized 53 crime guns – more than half of them were handguns. Direct Action Response Team (DART) officers continue to monitor offenders to ensure compliance with court conditions. A total of 26 gang associates have been found breaching their court conditions in 2014.
“Ottawa remains a safe city,” added Acting Chief Skinner. “We are committed to addressing these crimes.”
Anyone with information can contact the Ottawa Guns & Gangs Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5050. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS), toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or downloading the Ottawa Police iOS app.