A police officer searches a vehicle in front of the federal government in Ottawa, Monday, Jan. 30, 2021.
Ottawa police are looking for suspects who concealed a handgun in a car and drove away.
A total of five people have been arrested since a gun-wielding man armed with a semiautomatic rifle and wearing a gas mask drove up to a gas station parking lot and robbed two men in an alleyway at about 2 a.m.
A fifth person has been arrested in connection with the robbery.
Ottawa Police Const.
Dave Charest said the investigation is still in its early stages.
Police are not yet looking for a motive, he said.
The suspects’ vehicle is a black Lexus SUV with a tinted window, police said.
Two people who were arrested at the scene said they were robbed by a man who drove up behind them, pointed a gun at them and told them to put it down.
“He took my car keys, got in my car, ran away,” said one of the suspects.
He said the suspects took off in the SUV.
The second suspect said he was robbed while in his vehicle and was able to get the keys out of the ignition.
“I had a few bucks in my pocket, so I pulled it out and started to dial 911,” said the second suspect, who was wearing a black mask.
The man who said he fled in the car was described as a white male with a light complexion.
“This is the first time I’ve been robbed,” the suspect told CBC News.
He added that the police officer who shot the suspect with a Taser did not have the same reaction.
The suspect’s father, who did not want to give his name, said he thought the suspect was just playing around.
“We didn’t know who he was,” he said, adding that his son has been out of trouble before.
He called the incident a “very bad situation.”
Ottawa Police have also issued an Amber Alert for the same man.
Ottawa Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the police are working closely with Ottawa police.
“These incidents, however, are not uncommon,” Goodale told reporters Monday.
“A small number of officers work together in high-risk investigations and our members are trained to respond appropriately.”
A spokesperson for the RCMP said officers will conduct additional searches Monday.
Goodale confirmed the search for the man who was shot in the parking lot.
He also said police will not release details of the vehicle the suspect is believed to have driven.
He did not elaborate.
Ottawa’s public transit system, the GO Transit Transit Centre, will resume operations as scheduled at about 7 a.M.
Transit service has been restored to parts of the city that were shut down in the wake of the incident.
GO Transit spokesperson Ian Anderson said the company is not aware of any delays or disruptions on its network.
“The majority of GO Transit service continues to operate as normal,” Anderson said.
“All GO Transit routes are operating as normal.”