Ottawa police have charged 18-year-old Donald Musselman of Ottawa with second-degree murder in the shooting death of father and musician Markland “Jahiant” Campbell in the ByWard Market on Friday, June
The 18-year-old man charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Ottawa hip-hop artist Markland “Jahiant” Campbell in the ByWard Market on Friday night was himself wounded in a shooting in Vanier earlier this year.
Ottawa police confirmed Monday that Donald Musselman was wounded on Jan. 16 in a “targeted shooting” at a Burger King on Montreal Road. That incident remains under investigation and no arrests have been made.
Musselman, who was arrested Saturday in connection to Campbell’s homicide, remains in jail and is to appear in court again on Thursday. Police have not found the gun and are still appealing for help from witnesses who might have seen the shooting, which occurred at about 9:30 p.m. on ByWard Market Square between York and George streets.
Police believe the shooting was “targeted”, meaning that Campbell was the intended victim and not a bystander struck by bullets. Friends said Campbell, 42, had rushed to the area from his job at the Shaw Centre after getting a call from his daughter saying she was being harassed by several men.
He died later that night in hospital.
Musselman suffered “non-life-threatening injuries” in the January shooting, which involved a flurry of shots at around 6 p.m. on a Thursday evening. One of the stray bullets struck a customer’s car that was in the drive-thru lane.
Staff told this paper that three men had come to the restaurant with a woman and got into an argument with a fourth man who was also inside. Investigators said at the time that the victim — now identified as Musselman — was “known to police.”
The restaurant, which is at the corner of Montreal Road and Hannah Streets, had been the source of frequent complaints from neighbours who allege it was the site of drug deals, both inside and in the parking lot.
Meanwhile, friends of Campbell have started a gofundme campaign to support his family. Campbell, also known as Jahiant Jahh, was one-third of the hip-hop group HalfSizeGiants, which emerged on the Ottawa club scene in the 1990s. The group recently released a new album, Life Moves Fast, after a 15-year-hiatus.
Anyone with information about the Campbell homicide is asked to call the Major Crime Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493. Information can also be submitted anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or visiting crimestoppers.ca.