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Popular TV Sportscaster Shot After Broadcast

August 2, 1995

OTTAWA (AP) _ A popular television sportscaster was shot in the head Tuesday night, moments after a broadcast. He was in critical condition.

Brian Smith, a National Hockey League player in the late 1960s, had just finished his nightly broadcast for CJOH-TV and walked out the station’s main entrance when he was shot, said CJOH news director Max Keeping.

``He hadn’t made it to the parking lot when a man shot him,″ Keeping said.

Smith, 54, was listed in critical condition at Ottawa Civic Hospital. His wife, Ottawa Citizen reporter Alana Kainz, and his mother were with him, Keeping said.

Police had a description of the assailant from witnesses, Keeping said, and found an abandoned car that fit the description of a car used by the gunman.

Smith has been employed at the station in suburban Nepean since 1973.

``We know of no threats against him that we’re aware of,″ Keeping said. ``Nothing on the newscast was provocative tonight or provocative this week.″

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