Durham Regional Police say four people have died after a shooting in an east Oshawa home early Friday.
Const. George Tudos told reporters emergency crews received several calls about a shooting at a home on Parklane Avenue, just east of Harmony Road North, at around 1:20 a.m. He said officers from multiple divisions, including a tactical unit, arrived at the home within minutes.
“When they arrived on scene, they actually did also hear what they believed to be gunshots coming from a residence,” Tudos said.
“They made a grisly discovery of four deceased parties inside a residence.”
He said two of the victims are believed to be in their early teens and the other two victims are men. Tudos said it’s believed one of those dead is the alleged suspect.
“We’re still waiting to confirm that, but there’s nothing to suggest that there’s any suspects on the loose,” he said.
Tudos said a woman was also taken to a hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
He said the coroner’s office and homicide investigators were set to come to the scene later Friday morning and that the identification of the victims is still pending.
Officers blocked off Parklane Avenue in front of the home.
Michele Heroux said she has lived in the neighbourhood for almost 30 years. She said she woke up and was startled, adding she thought the shots were fireworks.
“Then as it repeated, I counted up to 10, I thought, ‘What is that?’ And then I came to the front and I could hear screaming and I realize it was coming from across the street,” she said.
Heroux described the family who live at the home where the shooting occurred as “amazing.” She reflected on the shooting and her neighbourhood, emphasizing it has been a great place to live.
“Devastated… This doesn’t happen on Parklane Avenue. This has always been a quiet, family, dead-end street and to now have such a horrific tragedy happen here … Never have I ever experienced anything like this,” Heroux said.
“This is an isolated incident for sure. I’ve never seen that vehicle before on the street. We pride ourselves of keeping an eye on each other and watching the neighbourhood if something is suspicious.”
— With files from Sean Boynton
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