If you haven’t noticed a proliferation of gun violence in our City then you haven’t been paying much attention.
The rise in gun crime isn’t solely restricted to the homicide numbers.
It seems more and more police press releases are describing dangerous encounters WPS members are having with armed suspects on our City streets.
The Latest Shooting Results in Murder
On Friday, July 21, 2017, at approximately 10:00 p.m., EMS personnel were dispatched to an area in the 700 block of Selkirk Ave regarding a report of shots fired.
Upon arrival, police officers located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound.
The man was transported to hospital in critical condition but was subsequently pronounced deceased.
The victim has not been identified.
He was described as a young man in his twenties.
Police indicate the investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit and are asking anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
Monday, July 24, 2017
Police identify the victim as Trevor Bodnarek (27) aka “Desjarlais”
It would appear the victim is of Indigenous origin.
The man killed in this attack represents the 15th reported victim of homicide this year and is the 6th victim to lose his life due to gun violence.
In 2016, a total of five homicides were attributed to gun violence.
If you look at statistics from earlier years and recognize the fact there are still 161 days left in 2017 – you might properly conclude we are heading in a very dark direction.
The proliferation of gun violence should be a concern to all of us.
A rise in gun crime is often directly associated to a rise in criminal street gang activity. Street gang members prefer to use firearms to control and defend their turf as they are easily concealed and offer the shooters the comfort of time and distance from their adversaries.
Gun violence is nothing new in the City of Winnipeg, especially in our crime challenged north-end neighbourhoods.
In the latter half of 2007 the City experienced a significant rise in street gang gun violence .
In the spring of 2008 the WPS Organized Crime Unit responded by developing shooting protocols and taking an aggressive approach to quell the violence.
In 2009, the WPS Homicide Unit launched Project Guillotine, a highly complex criminal investigation largely credited with dismantling the leadership of the Indian Posse, one of the most violent street gangs in the City.
Many of the gangs leaders were imprisoned, the incessant shootings largely subsided and innocent lives were undoubtedly saved.
But that was then and this is now.
Selkirk Ave – A Tale of Death & Destruction
Police in Winnipeg know Selkirk Ave is a mecca for criminal street gangs who frequently engage in turf battles over crack shacks and control of the drug trade.
Historical knowledge and research conducted for this article tells a compelling story…
On April 12, 2003, at 5:20 a.m., members of the WPS attended the area of 117 Selkirk Ave regarding a shots fired call. The investigation revealed a party had been held at 126 Selkirk Ave during which time a dispute erupted. A fight ensued and several men were observed with firearms. Multiple shots were fired into the residence at 117 Selkirk Ave. Police subsequently identified 126 Selkirk Ave as a clubhouse for the Ruthless Posse street gang.
On May 11, 2005 at 2:00 a.m., a 17-year-old youth was stabbed multiple times in the upper body in 500 block of Selkirk Ave. The boy was conveyed to hospital in critical condition.
On November 4, 2005, the WPS District #3 Officers executed a search warrant at a residence in the 900 block of Selkirk Ave and seized a sawed off shotgun, several clubs and bats, 200 rocks of crack cocaine and an imitation firearm. A number of suspects were arrested – all with gang connections.
On January 6, 2006, at 2:00 a.m., Brock Leslie Kosack (26) was shot and killed in a rear lane in the 700 block of Selkirk Ave during a drug rip off. Two men were subsequently charged and convicted of manslaughter in the case.
On October 21, 2006 at 1:30 a.m., a 12-year-old girl was stabbed in the upper body after becoming involved in a confrontation with four female youths. The victim was rushed to hospital in critical unstable condition but was later upgraded to stable. A 14-year-old female offender was charged with aggravated assault.
On December 18, 2006 at 2:20 a.m., members of the WPS attended an address in the 700 block of Selkirk Ave regarding a shots fired call. Police located a 33-year-old man who sustained a gun shot would to his upper body. Police investigating the incident subsequently seized firearms and ammunition. All players involved had extensive criminal records and street gang connections.
On April 19, 2007, at 12:20 a.m., Erin Pawlowski exited a transit bus at Selkirk Ave and Power Street while on his way from home from work. A group of unknown suspects subsequently attacked and seriously assaulted him. Pawlowski died from his injuries a few days later. A number of suspects were charged in the killing.
On June 24, 2008 at 2:18 a.m., a suspected member of a Winnipeg street gang was walking on Selkirk Ave near Charles Street when he was shot in the leg. The man was conveyed to hospital where he was treated for a fractured tibia. The victim was not cooperative with the investigation.
On July 24, 2008 at 2:53 a.m., a residence in the 900 block of Selkirk Ave was shot multiple times. A total of 8 people were in the residence at the time. Those present included children aged 1 month, 6 months, 3 and 4 years of age. Forensic examinations indicated a total of 5 shots were fired into the front of the home. Police believe the shooting was gang related.
On January, 5, 2009 at 10:30 p.m., a home invasion robbery took place in the 1000 block of Selkirk Ave. During the incident multiple shots were fired in the residence. No one was injured.
On May 31, 2009, at 12:00 noon, a 31-year-old man purchased beer at a Hotel in the 500 block of Selkirk Ave where he met two men who invited him to attend a drinking party nearby. The man was subsequently beaten and stabbed in the upper and lower body. The suspects demanded money and property from the victim. Police charged two men with a number of offences including robbery with a weapon and aggravated assault. Both men had gang associations.
On July 9, 2010, at 11:56 p.m. Dylan Ferland (18) was shot to death in the rear yard of 127 McKenzie Street. The investigation revealed the shooters were associated to a rival street gang who operated a crack shack in the 600 block of Selkirk Ave. Police located several spent shell casings at the crime scene. The victim and shooters all had gang connections. Stephan Mitchell McKay (aka “Soldier Boy”) and Dillon Lecoy plead guilty to manslaughter in the case.
On August 4, 2010 at 5:45 a.m., police attended the area of Selkirk Ave and Salter St regarding the robbery of a taxi driver. Upon arrival officers met with the 46-year-old male victim and learned he had been stabbed in his lower body. The man was transported to hospital in stable condition.
On September 10, 2010 at 11:25 p.m., a 47-year-old man was attacked and set ablaze in a rear lane of Selkirk Ave near Andrews Street. The initial motive for the crime appeared to be robbery. After going through the victim’s pockets the suspect doused him with a flammable liquid and set him on fire. The victim died from his injuries. Police charged Gaston Leroy Genaille with murder in connection with the killing. Genaille plead guilty to 2nd degree murder and received a life sentence.
On October 10, 2010, at 4:23 a.m., Tiffany Dawn Johnston (21) was shot to death between two homes in the 600 block of Selkirk Ave. Police suspect the killing was gang related. The case remains unsolved…
On March 18, 2011 at 2:15 p.m., a 28-year-old man was in a vehicle in the area of Selkirk Ave and Battery St when he was approached by a suspect who shot him. The victim was treated at hospital and recovered from his injuries. No arrests were made.
On April 20, 2011 at 8:30 p.m., Sheila Fontaine (42) was attacked and stabbed to death outside of the Merchants Hotel on Selkirk Ave by no less than four female offenders ages, 18, 17, 17 & 13. Two of the offenders were charged with 2nd degree murder while two others were charged with manslaughter.
On June 19, 2011 at 10:30 p.m., a 49-year-old man was walking in the area of Selkirk Ave and Andrews St when he was viciously attacked by 2 men and 2 women who knocked him to the ground, beat and violently kicked him. The victim was conveyed to hospital in stable condition. The suspects were arrested and charged after they were identified during a traffic stop conducted by the WPS Tactical Team.
On December 2, 2011 at 6:30 a.m., police responding to an emergency medic call, located Dominique McCann (19) at a residence in the 400 block of Selkirk Ave. McCann had suffered severe upper body injuries as a result of a vicious domestic assault. (14 of her 22 ribs were broken) McCann died at hospital. Donald Jacob Girard (25) was charged with 2nd degree murder in the killing. He was found guilty by a jury after trial and received a life sentence.
On December 13, 2011 at 12:00 a.m., two men were in the area of Selkirk Ave and Andrews Street when they were accosted and robbed by two young offenders. One of the victims was stabbed during the incident. He was conveyed to hospital in serious but stable condition.
On December 14, 2011 at 12:50 a.m., police responded to a fight in the area of Selkirk Ave and McGregor Street. Upon arrival, officers located a 48-year-old man suffering from stab wounds and multiple injuries. Investigation revealed the man was attacked by two – 19-year-old offenders as a result of an argument at a drinking party.
On December 31, 2011 at 5:00 a.m., Michael Warren Sinclair (46) was shot to death in a residence located in the 600 block of Selkirk Ave. He was the 39th victim in what would end up being a record setting year for homicides in Winnipeg. A thirty year old woman shot through the eye in the incident refused medical treatment until she finished her bottle of beer. (Saturday Night Live spoofed the incident on the Weekend Update with Seth Meyers.)
On January 10, 2013 at 1:50 a.m., a 52-year-old man was walking in the area of Selkirk Ave and McKenzie Street when he was stabbed and assaulted by a male and a female. The motive for the crime appeared to be robbery.
On September 19, 2013 at 3:30 a.m., police executed a CDSA search warrant at a residence in the 700 block of Selkirk Ave and seized a shotgun, rifle, handgun, ammunition, drugs and currency. Two suspects were charged in connection with the investigation.
On March 26, 2017 at 2:00 a.m., police attended to a residence in the 500 block of Selkirk Ave regarding a report of a man shot. On arrival, officers located a 25-year-old man suffering from a gun shot wound. The man was conveyed to hospital in stable condition.
On June 20, 2017 at 1:45 p.m., police responded to a report of an armed man in the 600 block of Selkirk Ave. Upon arrival police encountered a 27-year-old man armed with a pair of scissors and a knife. Witnesses reported the man was checking door handles of motor vehicles in the area.
The man subsequently charged at police who deployed a taser in an attempt to take him into custody. The taser attempt was unsuccessful and the man jumped on the hood of a police car yelling for police to shoot him. A second taser deployment worked and the man was taken into custody.
He faces multiple criminal charges including assault peace officer with a weapon x 4.
Not included above;
- Convenience Store Robberies
- Sexual Assaults (general)
- Assaults on Sex Trade Workers
- Break & Enters (Home Invasion)
- Other assorted crimes
Homicide Gun Violence – The Statistics
- 2017 – 6 cases to date
- 2016 – 5 cases
- 2015 – 5 cases
- 2014 – 3 cases
- 2013 – 3 cases
- 2012 – 4 cases
- 2011 – 7 cases
- 2010 – 7 cases