The OPP this morning reported a shooting in a Mississippi Mills home that left one man dead and a woman and man seriously injured.
Mayor Shaun McLaughlin has just confirmed that the deceased man is Bernard Cameron, a Mississippi Mills councillor. Mr. McLaughlin sent the following note to the Millstone.
It is with profound sorrow and shock that I confirm that my colleague and friend, Councillor Bernard Cameron, died today in a violent incident, an incident that also gravely injured his daughter.
At this point, I leave the exact details to the police.
This tragedy hits us all. We still live in a small town. Bernard is part of our extended family.
For his immediate family, I know the sad events of today will bear down the hardest. I and Bernard’s other friends on Council, as well as Town staff, extend our prayers to them. We share their grief. We mourn the loss.
Bernard Cameron has been a popular figure in Almonte for decades. As a former high school teacher, he was known to generations of students. As a volunteer, he added value and experience to many community organizations. As a Councillor, he has supported his ward and his town through thoughtful discussion, keen insight and high ethical standards. He will be sorely missed.
At 12:27 pm today the Ottawa Citizen reported that “Cameron’s daughter Sarah Cameron, 28, is in hospital with life-threatening injuries, shot alongside her father. Also seriously wounded was her former common-law partner, who police believe is the suspected shooter.”