A town councillor and a second man are dead and the councillor’s daughter seriously injured after a shooting at the politician’s home in a small community outside Ottawa.
Provincial police officers were called to the home around 7:30 a.m.
There, they found Bernard Cameron, 65, dead. Bernard’s 28-year-old daughter, Sarah Cameron, had also been shot and sustained what police called life-threatening injuries.
Her former common-law partner and the father of her two children, Travis Porteous, 33, from nearby Carleton Place, was suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police sources said.
Porteous and Sarah Cameron were taken to different hospitals, one air-lifted. On Thursday evening, police confirmed Porteous had died. Sarah was in stable condition in hospital.
Porteous arrived at the home and is believed to have started arguing with Sarah.
At some point, Bernard became involved and police said Travis shot his children’s grandfather dead.
Sarah’s mother, Catherine, then ran upstairs, with Travis and Sarah’s four-year-old daughter and five-year-old son, who were inside the home. Police then believe Travis shot Sarah before shooting himself.
Cameron’s home, situated on a sprawling, fenced property, was also his childhood home, where he grew up with his mother and father, an army colonel. Cynthia Guerard, the owner of My Upholstery Shop, became emotional when speaking about him. She had visited his home many times over the years, and to think it is now a taped off crime scene was unfathomable.
“He was a nice guy, I’d see him at every auction sale and garage sale,” she said, joking that they would often compete for the same items.
“He was always one of those people who got involved and loved everybody,” said Guerard. “He and Catherine were high school sweethearts. She was a Dunn, from a large family. The families have have been here for five or six generations. It’s going to hit a lot of people.”
Anyone with information is asked to call OPP at 1-888-310-1122.